Welcome!Are you a teacher of multilingual students?
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What is UDL?
Universal Design for Learning recognizes that each learner presents a unique set of strengths and weaknesses in how they learn. It recognizes that learning is multifaceted and involves a complex interaction of networks involving recognition, strategic and affective domains. Teaching should minimize all barriers to student learning by incorporating highly flexible strategies and materials. UDL operates under three primary principles which propose that the most effective teaching strategies for all learners will incorporate:
- Multiple Means of Representation
- Multiple Means of Expression
- Multiple Means of Engagement
A first line of defense may be found in the myriad variety of technology tools that are available and continue to be developed on a daily basis. In many cases, tools specially designed for learners with special needs are entirely appropriate and often appreciated by ALL learners. Text-to-speech editors, automatic captioning tools, tools that allow you (or your students) to create alternative forms of representation like animations and video, can all support the multilingual classroom. Check out the resources below to get started!