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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Saturday, March 4 • 10:45 - 11:45
Breakout session Sergio, Antonia and Elina LIMITED

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The Power of a Fully Integrated Mother Tongue Programme

In this presentation we will share our school's Mother Tongue practices developed over 40 years at the International School of London. They are guided by a strong commitment to support students' mother tongues, their cultural and identity perceptions and international-mindedness, so as to help students function in and create a better world.

Session goals:

We shall share with our fellow-educators some of the main arguments in favour of a Mother Tongue programme which is fully integrated into the mainstream curriculum. We will show how the centrality of the Mother Tongue programme has had a strong influence on the whole school direction, ethos and recruitment. Also how globalism is presently impacting our multilingual classrooms.


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Elina Aavikko

MT Coordinator, International School of London
Elina Aavikko studied Finnish language and literature in Helsinki, Finland. She completed a BA, MA and PGCE at the University of Helsinki and has been working in the International School of London, London as a Finnish teacher of primary, secondary and IB Diploma since 2008. She currently... Read More →
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Sergio Pawel

Chief Academic Officer, ISL Group
DR SERGIO PAWEL -CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER Sergio Pawel has 35 years of experience in national and international education in the UK, Latin America and Middle East. With an MSc in Nuclear Physics, MPhil in Philosophy of Science and PhD in Education, Sergio Pawel participated in the... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET