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 • 15:00 - 16:00
Literacy Engagement and Identity Texts in the Multilingual Classroom LIMITED

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Most educators and policy-makers are intuitively aware that it is important to develop a strong culture of reading among our students—what Frank Smith called “Joining the Literacy Club”. This is often challenging when students are learning through a second (or third) language and in the process of catching up academically with their native-speaking peers. However, when we realize just how overwhelming the research evidence is regarding the crucial importance of literacy engagement for academic development, it brings an urgency to the need for schools to develop explicit policies regarding the promotion of literacy engagement for all learners. The workshop will engage participants in sharing ideas about how to develop school-based language policies, drawing on the concept of identity texts as a tool to enable students to take ownership of their own dual language literacy development in ways that include both receptive processes (e.g., reading, video viewing, etc.) and productive processes (e.g., writing, video creation, etc.).

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Jim Cummins

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Jim Cummins is a Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic diversity. In numerous articles and books he has explored the nature... Read More →

Friday March 3, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET