Meeting the needs of second language learners

CTI offers consultant services and workshops for those developing policy, program organization, instructional materials, teaching practices, and assessment tools for meeting the reading and language needs of second language learners.

CTI can help address the following questions:

  • Should academic instruction in reading and other curriculum areas be provided in the mother tongue or the second language? How is that policy determined?
  • What are the advantages of mother tongue instruction? The disadvantages?
  • How can the bilingual education program be organized when some students speak the national language and others speak a different mother tongue?
  • At what point can students learning in the mother tongue transition to instruction in the second language? How is that determined?
  • How can students learn to communicate effectively enough in the second language to benefit from instruction in that language? How long does it take?
  • What are some highly effective methods for teaching communication skills in the second language?
  • What is the role of grammar in the second language instructional program? When should it be taught?
  • What kinds of instructional materials support programs of second language instruction? How can they be developed at low cost?
  • How are the reading, language, and academic skills of second language learners assessed?

CTI consultants and trainers have provided services and workshops to ministries of education, universities, and NGOs in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, and Tanzania.