Key Principles for Blending English Language Learners into Mainstream Classrooms:
What We All Need to Know & Do
As the demography of international schools continues to change with the result that every classroom has more English learners than ever before, it is necessary to turn the often-heard mantra, "Every teacher is a language teacher" into classroom practice.
In this two-day institute, participants will:
develop a professional knowledge base on issues related to immersion and how it differs from inclusion;
focus on the development of academic language proficiency along with specific instructional tools to challenge. English learners not to have the right answers, but to construct the right answer with the right language in all subject areas (e.g. the model presented to develop academic language proficiency is based on the IB’s command terms);
develop an understanding of bilingualism (multilingualism) and second language acquisition along with an instructional repertoire for leveraging English learners. primary languages, cultural assets, and prior knowledge;
develop capacities to collaborate with EAL specialists to teach up so that English learners have access to grade-level standards and success with rigorous assessments.
cultivate a ’differentiation mindset not as events but as a way of daily classroom life;
cultivate a progressive academic language scaffolding mindset not as events but as a way of daily classroom life and
cultivate a Language-growth assessment mindset not as events but as a way of daily classroom life..
You will leave this training with an understanding of the paradigm shift needed for immersion-language classrooms and a toolkit of practical strategies for immediate application to support all the English-learning bilinguals entrusted to your care..