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Providing English Learners and Other Students Deep and Generative Opportunities to Learn

Educators oftentimes wonder how they can serve with excellence heterogeneous classes. Sometimes their response is to “differentiate” by providing some students with less challenging work. This presentation makes the case that rigorous and deep learning occurs when students are invited to engage in activity that is intellectually honest and that challenges and supports them. It presents five principles that define quality instruction in classrooms where English Learners study alongside native speakers of English. Participants will understand and recognize how these principles are applied to instruction that simultaneously develops students’ conceptual, analytic and language practices deeply. Using videos and vignettes from classroom instruction, and protocols, Dr. Walqui will illustrate 1) the application of these principles in subject matter classes in middle and high school; and 2) how to provide English Learners and all other students quality opportunities to learn.


Tuesday, February 4: Aída Walqui will be signing copies of her book outside room A308, beginning at 2:00pm.

This talk was presented at:
2020 National ESEA Conference
February 2020 in Atlanta, GA
For more information:
Aida Walqui

Aída Walqui has extensive experience in the academic development of students who are learning subject matter via the medium of a second language. Her professional experience spans from elementary to secondary education as well as university teaching, and work in several countries. At WestEd, she developed the Quality Teaching for English Learners, an initiative that promotes deep learning for English Learners. Walqui has an MS in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford. She was a high school teacher at Alisal High School in Salinas, California for six years, an experience that defined her present work.