Teaching Multilingual Learners with Generative AI: Affordances, Limitations, and Policy Implications


TITLE: Teaching Multilingual Learners with Generative AI: Affordances, Limitations, and Policy Implications
DATE: March 12, 2024
TIME: 4:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

DETAILS: This webinar explores how teachers can use generative artificial intelligence (GAI) to maximize access to content and agency in literacy learning for multilingual learners (MLs). Join CAL Board member Ester de Jong of the University of Colorado and CAL’s Director of PK-12 Language and Literacy, Kia Johnson, for an insightful conversation with Kevin Donley of Georgetown University. The speakers will discuss how AI tools, such as ChatGPT, can expand possibilities for teachers to practice linguistically responsive pedagogies. Listen for examples of how teachers can enhance existing scaffolds and accommodations, create new multilingual content, and facilitate multimodal and multilingual writing activities through student-generated text prompts, such as generating and requesting changes to images.

Kevin Donley recommends exploring the resources below for more information.

Educators, visit CAL Solutions for professional development courses to enhance your teaching practice. Plus, get a free copy of the related CAL publication at the link below.

Educating Transnational Students: Languages and Identities across Borders


RECORDED: Tue, Oct 31, 2023

DETAILS: Schools in the United States are increasingly populated by students whose lives cross national borders, both physically and virtually. These transnational students face challenges and possibilities related to their multiple languages and identities, especially in educational spaces. This webinar explores the existing research and practices around multilingual transnational students. Our panel engages with thoughtful questions and offers creative solutions for educators and policymakers to support successful academic outcomes for transnational students.


Film: Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico

Book: Living, Learning, and Languaging Across Borders: Students Between the US and Mexico

Critical Biliteracies without Borders: Translanguaging and Culturally Sustaining Approaches

View the recording below.

RECORDED: Tue, Sep 26, 2023

DETAILS: The Sol y Agua research-practice partnership is a team of teachers and administrators from El Paso Independent School District and researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso, and our work aims to center the biliteracies and experiences US-Mexico borderland students in their learning of computer science. In this webinar, we share how students’ extensive knowledge of border crossing and their translanguaging skills figured centrally in the team’s planning process but receded to the margins in practice when the curriculum was piloted and how collaborative reflection and revision of the curriculum helped us to bring biliteracies back to the center. We share some of the ways that we did this, identify pressures that made it difficult, and discuss the Continua of Biliteracy as a tool that can help keep focus on students’ biliteracies in both planning and practice. Check out the Sol y Agua game mentioned in the webinar at this link.