SEI Workshop | Teaching Multilingual Learners

Workshop Description

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 Benezri Krinsky, Assistant Director, Multilingual Learning/Center for Arts & Languages, RISD, is a visual artist and language learning specialist whose work focuses on places of cultural and linguistic intersection. Receiving a BA in photography at Bard and an MFA in photography from RISD, with a studio resident in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, Krinsky is certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and has worked for many years as a language teacher and trainer.

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

Teaching and Learning Lab in the Center for Social Equity & Inclusion 293 S. Main Street

Event Type

Workshop, SEI Event


Academic Affairs, SEI - Social Equity Inclusion Initiative

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