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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Thursday, March 2 • 08:30 - 18:00
A Scaffolded Approach to Meaning Making Across the Curriculum (FULL - only for paid participants)

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As students across all levels of schooling engage in learning across the curriculum, they are expected to comprehend and compose a range of complex texts of all kinds. These texts can vary from spoken texts of the teacher to the multimodal texts of their textbooks to the multiplicity of texts they have to produce in response to the tasks set for them. One response to having ESL students in the classroom is to simplify difficult texts so that they are more accessible to ESL students. In doing this, we end up limiting the capacity of those same students to comprehend and in turn compose more complex texts required by the curriculum. In this workshop, we will explore how we can support ESL students in accessing the meanings of this complex textual landscape by showing how these texts work to make meaning. We will draw on a range of complex texts from across the curriculum and show how we can open up the meaning to all students by making explicit the workings of both the language and the visuals through an explicit focus on the ‘grammars’ of both those meaning making systems. The activities suggested will be considered within the framework of a rich teaching and learning cycle that moves through four key stages: setting the context, modelling and deconstruction, joint construction and independent construction.

Schedule for the day:
8:30am: Buses pick up attendees from the Tivoli Hotel entrance. 

9:00-9:45: Arrive at CIS campus and visit the registration table, coffee available.  Tours around the new CIS campus

9:45-11:30am: Session 1 in your pre-conference room

11:30-12:00pm: Morning break with some light snack and coffee

12:00-1:30pm: Session 2

1:30-2:30pm: Lunch in the CIS Nordhavn canteen​

2:30-3:45pm: Session 3

3:45-4:00pm: Afternoon break with some dessert and coffee​

4:00-5:00pm: Session 4

5:00-6:00pm: Early evening cocktail event in the CIS canteen (free drinks and tapas) 

6:15pm: Buses pick up attendees and speakers from the CIS Nordhavn entrance.

6:45pm: Arrival back at the Tivoli Hotel

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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 →

Thursday March 2, 2017 08:30 - 18:00 CET
Copenhagen International School