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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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Breakout Session [clear filter]
Friday, March 3
 

10:45 CET

Teaching and Learning in an Interlingual / Equal Rights Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers are in the frontline in our changing world. We need a pedagogical approach that is open to other languages and cultures to deal with the new realities the changing world brings.

We need leaders and teachers who are prepared to push the boundaries.

What does being prepared look like?

Participants will be introduced to the ITLGs (the Interlingual Teaching and Learning Goals). Teaching & learning are grouped together because, with the Interlingual approach, the child and the teacher become involved in a more genuine, mutual learning process where each learns from the other. Children are allowed to use their languages as cognitive tools:  they can transfer skills, concepts and learning strategies across languages. We will reflect on how schools have to change in order to implement this notion, moving from theoretical statements to effective, everyday practice.

We will also consider school / classroom / children / teacher and leader identity, and share ideas on how to plan effectively for, and put into practice ways of including home languages in everyday instruction so that all children have equal rights to the curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Eithne Gallagher

Eithne Gallagher

Eithne Gallagher is a recognised authority in the field of ESL in International Education and has over twenty years’ experience of teaching in international schools. She has twice been chair of the European Council of International Schools ESL & Mother-tongue Committee. She is a... Read More →


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

15:00 CET

Promoting and Assessing the Linguistic and Cultural Identity of Young Multilingual Learners strand: culture and identity
Limited Capacity seats available

Identity development is a core feature of the cross-cultural competency that dual language programs aim to promote, but guidance is lacking about how to realize this goal, particularly with our youngest learners. Drawing from an ethnographic study of a kindergarten classroom in a Spanish-English dual language program in Costa Rica, this presentation will highlight strategies for promoting and assessing identity development. Participants will leave the session with concrete instructional strategies that teachers can use to promote cross-cultural competence and identity development, as well as developmentally appropriate tasks designed to investigate these constructs with young learners.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Howard

Liz Howard

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Elizabeth R. Howard is an associate professor of bilingual education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches graduate courses on linguistic and cultural diversity and conducts research focusing on dual language education, biliteracy development... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET
Blomstersalen
 
Saturday, March 4
 

10:45 CET

Keeping Multilingualism Alive in Your Classroom: Come and Share!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this sharing session teachers of young children will have the opportunity to discuss and share their adoption and implementation of multilingual pedagogy. Discussion topics will include successes and challenges of opening classroom doors to children’s home languages, embracing English-plus teaching, children as language teachers, moving beyond the one-time multilingual activity trap, partnering with non English-speaking families and keeping multilingualism alive.


Speakers
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 →


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

10:45 CET

Teaching in Tandem: Fostering Connections across Languages of Instruction strand: Leadership and Professional Development
Limited Capacity seats available

In many dual language programs, instruction in the two languages is provided by different teachers, thus requiring close coordination. This expectation provides teachers with an opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ of the third goal of cross-cultural competence by learning to work effectively with someone else who may have a very different work style and/or communication style. Grounded in the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, this presentation provides strategies and materials to help coordinate instruction in six domains: classroom management and organization, literacy instruction, content instruction, assessment, parent communication, and logistics and planning.



Speakers
avatar for Liz Howard

Liz Howard

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Elizabeth R. Howard is an associate professor of bilingual education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches graduate courses on linguistic and cultural diversity and conducts research focusing on dual language education, biliteracy development... Read More →


Saturday March 4, 2017 10:45 - 11:45 CET
Columbine
 
Sunday, March 5
 

10:45 CET

Partnering with Non English-Speaking Families: Enriching Multilingual Pedagogy
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
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
Carstensen

10:45 CET

The Glitterlings in Interlingual Early Years Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

What kind of people are we educating?

Children need to understand from an early age that being a polyglot is not only a desirable outcome of education but also an achievable one. The building blocks for a better world must be seeded in Early Years.  We must enable children to see themselves as agents of change, capable of understanding world views.  Openness to other languages is essential.

In this session I will introduce The Glitterlings – a series of nine stories for the Early Years that develops biliteracy engagement, a positive sense of self and creates an affective bond between child and books. We will consider how parents can become co-educators in this process.

‘The Glitterlings is a unique resource because it helps young children begin the journey towards national, international and intercultural-mindedness, empowering them with the skills they will need to play their part on the plurilingual and pluricultural global stage.’
John Dabell

You can read more endorsements for The Glitterlings here: http://www.eithnegallagher.net/glitterlings.htm

Speakers
avatar for Eithne Gallagher

Eithne Gallagher

Eithne Gallagher is a recognised authority in the field of ESL in International Education and has over twenty years’ experience of teaching in international schools. She has twice been chair of the European Council of International Schools ESL & Mother-tongue Committee. She is a... Read More →


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