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Teacher Competency Standards Framework 

TeacherFOCUS's Multilingual Education Teacher Competency Standards Framework seeks to identify and validate the approaches and best practices for multilingual teaching and learning used and cited from around the globe. The 3 domains and 20 teacher competencies aim to assess a complex combination of knowledge, skills, understanding, values, and attitudes which lead to effective language learning, cultural promotion and critical thinking.


The MLE framework consolidates the essential multilingual competencies that would enable a teacher to effectively promote authentic learning in a multilingual environment. The framework provides a core set of competency standards to be used as the point of reference or benchmark for quality multilingual teaching.

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Seesaw | English

Seesaw | Karen

As students become more comfortable and confident using a second or third language, its important to challenge them to use the less familiar language more and more. You can think of this as a language seesaw: As reliance on L1 decreases, difficulty of the L2 task increases. In this video you will watch teacher Lah Wah progressively increase the difficulty of tasks in Myanmar language (the L2 of the class) as the students learn a complex poem.

The MLE Teacher Competency Standards Framework has been used to develop a classroom observation tool to be able to give teachers working in multilingual classroom specific feedback on their teaching methodology. These can also be used to measure teachers' growth and development as they are routinely observed. Download the observation tool in English, Burmese and S'Gaw Karen Languages. 

Multilingual Education Classroom Observation Tools

Scaffolding | English

Scaffolding | Karen

Just like scaffolding supports the structure of a new building, language scaffolding is used to build a strong foundation in children’s L1 and use it to teach L2. In this video teacher,

Ei Mhway allows the students to use S’Gaw Karen, the students’ mother tongue language, to express their opinions to higher-level questions they are not fully confident to express in Burmese, the L2 of the class. 

MLE Framework

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Maesot | Tak | THAILAND |

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