When multiliteracy is present in the classroom, it is very important for the teacher to foster the languages of the students. There are several things teachers can do to make sure that they foster multiliteracy in the classroom. Here are a few tips:
Showing interest and excitement in the home languages of your students will encourage them to also be excited and embrace it themselves.
When planning literacy activities in your classroom, remember to incorporate the home languages of your multiliterate students. This will help the students become more engaged in the activity and it will allow for a more positive learning experience.
When discussing different cultures and backgrounds in your classroom, make sure to include those cultures of your multiliterate students. By doing this, the students will feel that you care about where they are from, and they will be able to better relate to you as a teacher.
If possible, provide multiliterate students with books or other print materials that are in their home language. You could also allow the students to bring books or materials from home to keep in the classroom. This would also give other students in the class the opportunity to view these materials as well.
Use technology in your class!
On our website we incorporated video using www.youtube.com. In our videos they say, "Good Morning. How are you?" You could do other things such as record parents, grandparents, or others reading stories, singing songs, teaching basic phrases in different languages. You can store these in libraries online to use year after year. We think bringing technology into any lesson plan will keep your students interested.