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 • 10:45 - 11:45
Building Knowledge About Language Through Whole School Professional Development LIMITED

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Language is at the heart of everything we do as social beings. Education itself is a profoundly social act and
educators are increasingly aware of the critical and central role of language in teaching and learning. Many
of us working within a functional model of language have argued that understanding how language works
to make meaning is fundamental to developing both a teacher’s capacity to teach and a learner’s capacity to
One of the great challenges in taking such an approach to teaching and learning is the question of how we
can build teachers’ knowledge about how language so that they can, in turn, speed up the process by which
all students learn how to use language effectively across a range of social and educational contexts. This is
never more obvious than when we consider ESL students who are both learning a new language and
learning in that new language.
Drawing on my experiences as a teacher educator working with schools and educational systems over the
last twenty years, I will propose that the most effective way of building such teacher capacity is through
whole school professional development that aims to develop a coherent, systematic and shared language
for talking about language as a crucial part of an explicit pedagogy around language.
I will illustrate what this looks like by drawing on school contexts from around the world where such whole
school approaches have proved highly effective in improving ESL student outcomes. 

TESMC- Lexis Education 

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Brian Dare

Brian Dare is an international consultant in language and literacy. He is an international tutor trainer for and writer of How Language Works (HLW); Teaching ESL Learners in Mainstream Classrooms: Language in Learning across the Curriculum (TESMC: LiLaC); Literacy for Learning... Read More →

Friday March 3, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET