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 • 13:30 - 14:30
Innovative Use of Home Languages in the Multilingual Classroom LIMITED

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In this visual and interactive talk Joris Van den Bosch, a secondary EAL teacher from the British School of Brussels, will present to you a wide range of his student-approved original classroom activities across the different language skills and subjects in which home languages are used to enhance academic word acquisition and general English language learning. These will be applicable to any ESL/EAL and mainstream classroom even if the teacher does not have a language in common with her or his students.  He would like all teachers to adopt some of these L1 activities, and material writers to start including them in teacher guides and resource books. Not only will this benefit students’ language development, it will enhance your learners’ self-esteem, enabling them to feel valued and to see themselves as linguistically talented.

Please find examples of my L1 activities on: https://joriseal.wordpress.com/

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Else Hamayan

My first experience with multilingualism came at the age of 5 when my mother dropped me off at the “madrasat al rahbat” (the nuns’ school) in Baghdad. I discovered that I was the only one who spoke Armenian, and everyone else spoke something I couldn’t understand (turned out... Read More →
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Beth Skelton

Consultant, Educational Consultants, LLC
Beth strives to take language learning to new heights because she believes that all students are academic language learners. She has been working in education for over 30 years, and her primary goal is to support schools around the globe in their quest to provide equitable education... Read More →

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Joris Van den Bosch

Secondary EAL teacher, The British School of Brussels

Friday March 3, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CET