Scaffolding Success

Five Principles for Succeeding with Adolescent English Learners: An Interview with Aída Walqui

Aída Walqui, director of the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd, is the author with Leo van Lier, Professor of Educational Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, of a new book addressing the education of English learners in middle school and high school. Based on sociocultural theory, sociolinguistics, and classroom research, the book, Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners: A Pedagogy of Promise, takes readers inside some of the classrooms where Walqui and WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) project have worked to instill five principles into the instruction that supports English learners.
In the interview on the attached PDF link, Walqui explains the importance of instructional principles for teachers’ increased professional expertise and impact on their students’ learning. Additionally, excerpts from the book outline the five QTEL principles and how educators can recognize them in practice.

To view the interview in its entirety, click here