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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Keynote [clear filter]
Friday, March 3

08:30 CET

Opening Session: Intro by committee, Welcome by CIS Director, Intro to Danish Culture and Language, Helle Pia Laursen (mini keynote), and Alex Rawlings (mini keynote)
Limited Capacity seats available

1. Welcome and Mentimeter Fun

2. Jennifer Weyburn (Copenhagen International School Director)  - 15 minutes

3. Tine Marie Balck Sørensen and Josefine Rosenkvist (Mother Tongue Teachers at CIS teaching Danish in Primary and Middle School ) (Intro to aspects of Danish Language and Culture) - 15 minutes
Title: "Danglish - Can I borrow the toilet?"
Abstract: A presentation about Danes and the way they speak English.
A presentation about foreigners learning Danish.
A note about our round table meeting at noon, where you can learn more about Danish at CIS + Foreign languages in Danish schools.
A note about web pages where you can explore more about the Danes - if you can't make it to the round table.

4. Helle Pia Laursen  - 30 minutes
Title: "It’s like ABC in Danish. Exploring and exploiting literacy and linguistic diversity in the classroom." 

Abstract: For multilingual children, literacy learning typically includes navigating between different signs from different written languages.The presentation will focus on possibilities of exploring and exploiting the linguistic potential in the children’s often very rich linguistic repertoires in the literacy classroom. It draws on empirical data from the longitudinal study Signs of Language, which aims to examine multilingual children’s literacy meaning making processes. Through interventions in the involved classrooms it also explores the possibilities of pedagogical transformations of the literacy practices in these classrooms to be more sensitive to the complex processes involved in multilingual children’s meaning making and script learning.

5. Alex Rawlings - 30 minutes
Title: Why You Only Really Need English

Abstract: Alex Rawlings is a polyglot from the UK who in 2012 was named the country's most multilingual student after being tested for fluency in 11 different languages. He's since gone on to learn four more, and has lived in five different countries. In this mini keynote, he is going to explain why actually, nobody really needs to learn any foreign languages at all. Because these days everybody speaks English, don’t they?

6. ESLMT Committee - 15 minutes

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Helle Pia Laursen

Department of Education, University of Aarhus
Helle Pia Laursen, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus. Her main research interests include language and literacy in multilingual settings. She is a research leader of the longitudinal research project Signs of Language (2008-2017... Read More →
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Alex Rawlings

Alex was born and raised in London to a half-Greek mother and English father. As a child he spent his time between the UK, Greece and Japan, where his father worked for four years. Having always been surrounded by languages, he began to study them independently aged 14. In 2012, while... Read More →

Josefine Rosenkvist

Danish and ESL teacher, Copenhagen International School
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Jennifer Weyburn

Director, Copenhagen International School

Friday March 3, 2017 08:30 - 10:15 CET
Congress Hall

16:10 CET

Self-Selected Free Voluntary Reading: The Missing Link in Language Education.
Limited Capacity seats available

Our goal in language education is no longer simply to help students acquire conversational language; We now aim at developing higher levels of competence, competence that will allow acquirers to use their languages in specialized areas, such as higher education, international relations and business, science, and journalism. With increased communication throughout the planet, high levels of competence in a variety of languages is now essential in many fields.Thus far, language educators have used two means of achieving higher levels of competence in second languages: direct instruction in the grammar, vocabulary and discourse of specialized language, and content-based language ("sheltered) teaching.There is a third possibility that has not been exploited that appears to be the most powerful path of all: Self-selected reading. Evidence is accumulating showing that self-selected reading leads to high levels in nearly all aspects of language: reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar, and is far more effective and efficient than direct instruction. Readers also know more in a variety of areas and develop "habits of mind" that contribute to career success.I present a stage hypothesis, suggesting that successful acquisition of academic/specialized language happens in two stages: A stage of self-selected "lighter" reading, which builds the foundation for the next stage, reading in one's area of interest.I briefly present evidence from method comparison studies, multivariate studies, and case histories supporting these generalizations, and suggestions for incorporating self-selected reading in classrooms.For reading to play this role in a variety of languages, however, students need access to reading material in these languages.  We clearly need to invest more in libraries, physical and virtual.

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Stephen Krashen

Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California (Emeritus)
Stephen Krashen has published over 500 articles and a dozen scholarly books in the fields of literacy, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and bilingual education. Many of these publications are available for free download at sdkrashen.com.

Friday March 3, 2017 16:10 - 17:10 CET
Congress Hall
Saturday, March 4

09:00 CET

The Power of Assessment in Facilitating Language Development in the Multilingual Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This keynote presentation will consider the role of assessment in facilitating or hindering language development in the multilingual classroom. Using writing assessment as an example, I will discuss how well-intended attempts to use assessment to encourage learning could actually be discouraging learning. I will then suggest strategies for incorporating language assessment in ways that encourage positive learning behaviour.

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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 09:00 - 10:15 CET
Congress Hall

16:10 CET

Engagement and Participation in Multilingual Classrooms: Implications for Teaching and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the challenges for teachers in multilingual classrooms, where English is the primary medium of education, is to meet the English language needs of students for whom English is a second (or subsequent) language, while at the same time building on those students’ prior knowledge, lived experiences and language. At the same time, we need to take into account that educational outcomes for all students are likely to be increased when they are engaged in an intellectually challenging curriculum. To be successful learners, therefore, all students need planned, targeted and ongoing support to meet the language, literacy and learning demands of all areas of the curriculum.

In this talk I will focus on four areas of classroom practice that illustrate how language and literacy can be integrated with subject learning, within an interactive and intellectually challenging curriculum. The engagement and participation of students is central to these practices. Drawing on classroom examples, I will suggest that, through the kinds of scaffolding they provide, teachers can support all students in the development of the academic language and literacies of school.

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Pauline Gibbons

Pauline Gibbons is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales Australia, where she teaches courses in teaching English as a second language. Her work with teachers has taken her to Hong Kong, Sweden, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Africa, Marshall... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 16:10 - 17:10 CET
Congress Hall
Sunday, March 5

09:00 CET

Multilingualism in the Classroom: “I think it’s helping my brain grow”
Limited Capacity seats available

The quotation in the title of this presentation comes from Manaan, a grade 6 student in Floradale Public School in the Greater Toronto Area, as he reflected on the experience of reading, retelling, and creating books in his two languages, English and Hindi. This bilingual experience came about as a result of the multilingual approach to literacy development initiated by the teacher librarian in the school. Drawing on multiple classroom examples such as this, the presentation will describe how we can progress from an orientation of ‘benign neglect’ in relation to students’ languages in the multilingual classroom to a proactive orientation that mobilizes students’ languages as cognitive tools in the service of inquiry, literacy engagement, and intercultural exploration. The presentation will also highlight the reasons why we should move in this direction—reasons that include more effective teaching of academic content, cognitive enhancement, greater language awareness, student identity affirmation, as well as expansion of our own identities as educators.

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Jim Cummins

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Jim Cummins is a Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic diversity. In numerous articles and books he has explored the nature... Read More →

Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:15 CET
Congress Hall