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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Breakout Session [clear filter]
Friday, March 3

10:45 CET

Building Knowledge About Language Through Whole School Professional Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Language is at the heart of everything we do as social beings. Education itself is a profoundly social act and
educators are increasingly aware of the critical and central role of language in teaching and learning. Many
of us working within a functional model of language have argued that understanding how language works
to make meaning is fundamental to developing both a teacher’s capacity to teach and a learner’s capacity to
One of the great challenges in taking such an approach to teaching and learning is the question of how we
can build teachers’ knowledge about how language so that they can, in turn, speed up the process by which
all students learn how to use language effectively across a range of social and educational contexts. This is
never more obvious than when we consider ESL students who are both learning a new language and
learning in that new language.
Drawing on my experiences as a teacher educator working with schools and educational systems over the
last twenty years, I will propose that the most effective way of building such teacher capacity is through
whole school professional development that aims to develop a coherent, systematic and shared language
for talking about language as a crucial part of an explicit pedagogy around language.
I will illustrate what this looks like by drawing on school contexts from around the world where such whole
school approaches have proved highly effective in improving ESL student outcomes. 

TESMC- Lexis Education 

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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 →

Friday March 3, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET
Saturday, March 4

10:45 CET

Conversations on Assessment and Language Development in the Multilingual Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive breakout session provides opportunities for the audience to ask questions based on the keynote presentation and to extend the conversation about assessment and language development in the multilingual classroom.

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Paul Kei Matsuda

Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing, Arizona State University
Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, where he works closely with doctoral students specializing in second language writing from various disciplinary perspectives. Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET

10:45 CET

Visible Thinking Routines for Multilingual Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

Multilingual students have vast funds of knowledge, experience, and ideas.
Visible Thinking Routines from Harvard Project Zero can support students in making their
thinking visible as well as develop their oral and written language skills in their mother
tongue and the languages of instruction. These practical strategies help students at
different levels of language proficiency express their understanding. Come experience at
least four different Visible Thinking Routines and learn how to apply them with students at
different language acquisition levels and in different grade levels.

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Beth Skelton

Consultant, Educational Consultants, LLC
Beth strives to take language learning to new heights because she believes that all students are academic language learners. She has been working in education for over 30 years, and her primary goal is to support schools around the globe in their quest to provide equitable education... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET

15:00 CET

Teacher-Driven PD for Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

Effective professional development is collaborative, classroom-based,
ongoing, and includes a healthy dose of teacher autonomy and self-
direction. The good news is that these factors are compatible with pd
created by teachers, for teachers. In this session, we’ll explore examples
of three pd models you can implement to support quality teaching in the
language programs at your school, whether you are a new or veteran
teacher … or administrator: (1) a model based on observations of
colleagues and oneself, (2) a model based on comparison of student
feedback with teacher perception, and (3) a model based on the teacher
as researcher.

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Paul Magnuson

Director of LAS Edge and LAS Educational Research, Leysin American School/Edge Program, Switzerland
Paul Magnuson created and runs a department of research at the high school level at the Leysin American School. He supports teachers as they guide their own professional development through action research, presentations, and publications. He also welcomes more than a dozen visiting... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET
Sunday, March 5

10:45 CET

Supporting Bi/Multilingual Children Who Struggle: Moving from Oral Fluency to Academic Language Proficiency
Limited Capacity filling up

International schools are reporting increasing numbers of students who are orally proficient in two or more languages but struggle with the acquisition of literacy in the language of instruction of the school.  Students who are literate in their primary language can generally transfer these skills successfully to other languages.  But what if this is not the case?  How do schools plan appropriate support to move them along the continuum from spoken to written English?  

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Frances Bekhechi

Initially a teacher of modern languages in the UK, Frances Bekhechi moved into the field of ESL when the family took up residence in Brussels in the early 80's. She subsequently taught at the International School of Brussels for 24 years, working with children in K - 6th grade, before... Read More →
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Veronica Bourke

Learning Support Head, ISB
Veronica Bourke is the elementary school Head of Learning Support at the International School of Brussels, Belgium. She has been an international school teacher for more than 25 years and has a strong interest and passion for understanding the learning profiles of ESL students who... Read More →

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