ECIS ESLMT Conference Copenhagen (2-5 March, 2017)
"The Power of Multilingual Classrooms in International Education: Implications for Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning" 
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Friday, March 3 • 08:30 - 10:15
Opening Session: Intro by committee, Welcome by CIS Director, Intro to Danish Culture and Language, Helle Pia Laursen (mini keynote), and Alex Rawlings (mini keynote) LIMITED

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1. Welcome and Mentimeter Fun

2. Jennifer Weyburn (Copenhagen International School Director)  - 15 minutes

3. Tine Marie Balck Sørensen and Josefine Rosenkvist (Mother Tongue Teachers at CIS teaching Danish in Primary and Middle School ) (Intro to aspects of Danish Language and Culture) - 15 minutes
Title: "Danglish - Can I borrow the toilet?"
Abstract: A presentation about Danes and the way they speak English.
A presentation about foreigners learning Danish.
A note about our round table meeting at noon, where you can learn more about Danish at CIS + Foreign languages in Danish schools.
A note about web pages where you can explore more about the Danes - if you can't make it to the round table.

4. Helle Pia Laursen  - 30 minutes
Title: "It’s like ABC in Danish. Exploring and exploiting literacy and linguistic diversity in the classroom." 

Abstract: For multilingual children, literacy learning typically includes navigating between different signs from different written languages.The presentation will focus on possibilities of exploring and exploiting the linguistic potential in the children’s often very rich linguistic repertoires in the literacy classroom. It draws on empirical data from the longitudinal study Signs of Language, which aims to examine multilingual children’s literacy meaning making processes. Through interventions in the involved classrooms it also explores the possibilities of pedagogical transformations of the literacy practices in these classrooms to be more sensitive to the complex processes involved in multilingual children’s meaning making and script learning.

5. Alex Rawlings - 30 minutes
Title: Why You Only Really Need English

Abstract: Alex Rawlings is a polyglot from the UK who in 2012 was named the country's most multilingual student after being tested for fluency in 11 different languages. He's since gone on to learn four more, and has lived in five different countries. In this mini keynote, he is going to explain why actually, nobody really needs to learn any foreign languages at all. Because these days everybody speaks English, don’t they?

6. ESLMT Committee - 15 minutes

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Helle Pia Laursen

Department of Education, University of Aarhus
Helle Pia Laursen, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus. Her main research interests include language and literacy in multilingual settings. She is a research leader of the longitudinal research project Signs of Language (2008-2017... Read More →
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Alex Rawlings

Alex was born and raised in London to a half-Greek mother and English father. As a child he spent his time between the UK, Greece and Japan, where his father worked for four years. Having always been surrounded by languages, he began to study them independently aged 14. In 2012, while... Read More →

Josefine Rosenkvist

Danish and ESL teacher, Copenhagen International School
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Jennifer Weyburn

Director, Copenhagen International School

Friday March 3, 2017 08:30 - 10:15 CET
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