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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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Sunday, March 5 • 10:45 - 11:45
Partnering with Non English-Speaking Families: Enriching Multilingual Pedagogy LIMITED

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This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and nurturing partnerships with the growing number of non English-speaking families whose young children attend International Schools. Using the portraiture framework (Lawrence-Lightfoot and Davis, 1997; Lawrence-Lightfoot, 2005; Hackman, 2002) and the “funds of knowledge” approach (Moll, Amanti, Neff, and González, 1992) a language and literacy portrait of non English-speaking families will be presented. Guided by the question “What is good here?” the portrait describes the language and literacy richness of non English-speaking families, explaining how their classroom participation brings linguistic diversity to life and how they can help foster international understanding, international mindedness and inter-lingual awareness in all children. To help teachers connect with non English-speaking families, a new partnering framework is introduced and explained. Field-tested strategies for creating and nurturing partnerships will be shared and discussed.

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avatar for Roma Chumak Horbatsch

Roma Chumak Horbatsch

Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Roma Chumak-Horbatsch is Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches courses in language development, cognitive development and childhood bilingualism. She has a background in applied linguistics and... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET
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