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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Sunday, March 5 • 09:00 - 10:15
Multilingualism in the Classroom: “I think it’s helping my brain grow” LIMITED

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The quotation in the title of this presentation comes from Manaan, a grade 6 student in Floradale Public School in the Greater Toronto Area, as he reflected on the experience of reading, retelling, and creating books in his two languages, English and Hindi. This bilingual experience came about as a result of the multilingual approach to literacy development initiated by the teacher librarian in the school. Drawing on multiple classroom examples such as this, the presentation will describe how we can progress from an orientation of ‘benign neglect’ in relation to students’ languages in the multilingual classroom to a proactive orientation that mobilizes students’ languages as cognitive tools in the service of inquiry, literacy engagement, and intercultural exploration. The presentation will also highlight the reasons why we should move in this direction—reasons that include more effective teaching of academic content, cognitive enhancement, greater language awareness, student identity affirmation, as well as expansion of our own identities as educators.

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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 →

Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:15 CET
Congress Hall