Many teachers are committed to helping their students communicate with target language communities, engage with culturally authentic texts, and explore academic content from other disciplines. However, these types of cognitively demanding activities create significant challenges for beginning learners who have not yet developed high levels of linguistic proficiency. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how scaffolding can be used as a tool to successfully address the challenges associated with using the target language as a tool for learning in beginning levels. The workshop will define scaffolding, highlight key misconceptions about scaffolding, offer principles for creating effective scaffolding, and demonstrate a wide variety of practical strategies for using different types of scaffolding to support learners in successfully communicating across the three modes of communication.
Cherice Montgomery holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy with an emphasis in Learning, Technology, & Culture from Michigan State University. Her research explores the potential of transliteracy, social technologies, and design-based pedagogies for affecting change in world language teacher education and professional development.
Cherice’s professional endeavors have included the design and facilitation of a variety of grant-funded summer institutes and webinars aimed at helping world language educators to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, pedagogy, project-based language learning, and technology. She has also served as co-chair of the ACTFL Pimsleur Research Award Committee, as an advisory board member for several different Language Resource Centers, and as a member of the New Visions in Foreign Language Education Task Force. Her work is informed by a diverse array of K-16 teaching experiences, and she has been honored with several awards for excellence in teaching, including the Kansas Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award.
Cherice currently coordinates the Spanish Teaching Major Program at Brigham Young University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in assessment, language teaching methods, and technology, and mentors teachers regarding dual language immersion and literacy development.