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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
Opening Boundries: A Conversation on Crosslanguage Pedagogies in Multilingual Classrooms FILLING

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Students in international schools have a great diversity of language and cultural backgrounds.
There has been ongoing discussion of how and how not to use and support the language
development of students who do not speak the main language of instruction, English in many
cases. Most recently, arguments have been made based on research on bilingual language
acquisition, education, and sociolinguistics to make greater use of all the linguistic resources of
students even in monolingual classrooms. In this session, we will discuss those arguments and
then consider the pros and cons of using students’ native languages during otherwise
monolingual instruction. We will describe strategies for using crosslanguage pedagogies that
optimize student learning and engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Genesee

Fred Genesee

Professor Emeritus, McGill University
Fred Genesee is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology , McGill University. He has conducted extensive research on alternative forms of bilingual/ immersion education for language minority and majority students, the academic development of at-risk students in bilingual programs. language... Read More →
avatar for Else Hamayan

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 →


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