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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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Teresa Bortone

Marymount International School of Rome
ELL Secondary School Teacher
Rome, Italy
I teach ELL at the Secondary school level (Grades 9-12). The ELL Department at our school is committed to facilitating the acquisition of English of non-native speakers while respecting students’ home languages and cultures. Students are encouraged to share knowledge of their cultures and customs while learning about the culture and customs of English speaking countries and the host country. Students are further encouraged to value their multilingualism and have a sense of pride in their achievements in English. Furthermore, students are encouraged to become active participants in their own learning and to become contributing members of the school community in order to benefit fully from their school experience. Students’ individual talents are encouraged to flourish through the application of a curriculum that aims for high academic standards for all, where the linguistic and cultural background is developed equally with the knowledge of English in an international setting. A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed. The High School ELL curriculum is based on the textbooks (English in Mind from Cambridge Oxford Press), which are integrated by a series of activities aimed at the development of process skills and participation skills along with concept reinforcement. Concept reinforcement is also via completion of worksheets, activities and projects. The students are encouraged to initiate discourse. Particular attention is given to the development of observation, analytical and literacy skills. Aims are: 1. Demonstrate English proficiency through basic interpersonal communication; 2. Demonstrate English proficiency through cognitive academic language development in all school subjects including language arts, mathematics, the sciences, and social studies; 3. Demonstrate English proficiency in socially and culturally appropriate ways. The ELL teachers meet with the students on a daily basis for 65 minute periods when they are at a beginner level and every other day for 65 minute periods for any other level. The ELL teachers meet with the mainstream teachers on a needs basis to coordinate, differentiate and provide necessary accommodations for the ELL students for each subject area.

In addition to my profession, I am very active in volunteer work which varies from assisting the homeless, to fighting for the rights of indigenous people, to preserving the environment. Among my passions, a love of literature, music, dancing and the arts in general, traveling, exploring and learning about new realities and cultures. Finally, I am an animal lover... I cannot imagine my life without at least one dog!
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