SEI faculty workshop | Multilingual Learners

Workshop Description

Teaching Multilingual Learners 

This workshop explores the role of linguistic diversity in our teaching. We will address some common questions surrounding this topic, including: What do multilingual learners contribute to the studio and classroom in their work and perspectives? What challenges might they face? How can we all communicate more effectively?  Multilingual learners include both international students and US students — anyone whose primary language is not English or whose education and background includes multiple languages. The term “multilingual learner” acknowledges the reality that learning is always influenced and enriched by one’s linguistic and cultural background. RISD students use all of their languages in ways productively entangled with their creative and academic work. 

Teaching Multilingual Learners will cover general strategies for making the classroom more linguistically inclusive. Participants gain understanding of the experiences of multilingual learners at RISD, review and practice techniques for building a strong supportive classroom across languages, and learn a practical process for responding to students who would like more support in communication-based academic assignments. We will share our experience and build collective expertise to advance the possibilities of a truly multilingual campus.

Instructor Bio

Maya Krinsky is Assistant Director for Multilingual Learning at RISD's Center for Arts & Language. Certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by the International Language Institute (2006), she has worked for many years as a language teacher and trainer. Her foundation as a language instructor informs her teaching, interdisciplinary art practice, curating, and consulting. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 8:30am to 10:00am

Teaching and Learning Lab in the Center for Social Equity & Inclusion
293 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02906

Event Type

Workshop, SEI Event, SEI Workshop


Academic Affairs, SEI - Social Equity Inclusion Initiative

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Joy McLaughlin

Joy McLaughlin left a positive review Monday, September 23, 2019

Very helpful in learning ways that multilingual learners experience challenges culturally and in the classroom. Personalization of discussion helped assimilate the information and tools to bring specifically to art and design learning. Thank you.

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