Best Practices for Addressing Social and Emotional Learning in World Language Classrooms (On Demand Practice-Oriented Paper)

Presented at: ACTFL 2021

This presentation will discuss best practices to embed and encourage social and emotional learning (SEL) in the language classroom based on a literature review and focus groups with educators in diverse programs. Participants will learn practical strategies for promoting SEL in lesson planning and instruction.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning as "the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions." SEL standards and instructional approaches are starting to be integrated into frameworks across disciplines, and world language classrooms are particularly suited for addressing SEL and supporting students' SEL skill development.
This paper will present research and educator insights on SEL best practices in the world language classroom. The information, gathered from a literature review and multiple educator focus groups, will equip participants with strategies to create SEL-based lessons and adapt instruction to account for SEL concerns. Participants will also learn about the benefits of standards- and proficiency-based approaches for promoting SEL.