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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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Simon Johnson

MEF International School
EAL Support Teacher
Istanbul
When I first started thinking about what multilingual education might look like in practice these were the two main challenges I identified from my perspective as a practitioner:
--How can we possibly integrate the home languages and cultural knowledge of all our students into our core curriculum as a resource for content learning as well as facilitate home language development?
--If we don't know our students' home languages then how can we even think about assessing and helping them develop?
I soon began to understand that multilingual education is a major disruptor that requires a much more radical community-based and student-centred approach. I propose peer-to-peer coaching and assessment across grade levels as one solution to the two main challenges identified. We will share with you the action research my colleagues and I have initiated at MEF International Schools in Istanbul with Grade 2 primary students matched with secondary school student volunteer language coaches (as part of their Community Action Service component in the IB).
Friday, March 3
 

07:00

10:45

12:30

13:30

15:00

17:10

 
Saturday, March 4
 

09:00

10:45

13:30

15:00

 
Sunday, March 5
 

09:00

10:45

12:00

12:45