From Deficit-Based to Assets-Based: The Multilingual Turn and Implications for Teaching Adult English Language Learners

Xavier Munoz

Xavier Muñoz has worked at the crossroads of adult education and TESOL since 2012 and is passionate about taking a critical stance toward language and power. He leads professional development efforts at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and holds an SIT TESOL Certificate and a MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute.

The use of students’ own languages (L1s) can be a useful scaffold, but is that all? By presenting key concepts of multilingual approaches to ESL, the presenter will invite practitioners to question how they view language and language learning for adults. The presenter will also share strategies for building on the L1 to promote English language development and college and career readiness.

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