In pre-service education, prospective teachers are introduced to program models for mother tongue-based multilingual education and the benefits of this approach for children’s education. They also study and practice methods for teaching in more than one language.
As countries and communities increase mother tongue-based multilingual educational programs and improve their quality, the teacher preparation curriculum must evolve. Curriculum review and revision, and regular training for instructors at teacher training institutions is essential to the success of multilingual school programming.
Training teachers calls for up-to-date materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
In-service Teacher Training
Frequent, relevant professional development supports continuing growth in teachers’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Criteria for High Quality Teacher Training
Standards for teacher learning drive planning, programming, and delivery.
Types of In-service Teacher Training
Professional development structures range from large-scale, centralized training to professional learning communities within schools.