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Saturday, March 2 • 10:30 - 12:00
Breakout Session: Schoolscapes and Multilingual Awareness & Tech Tips & An Innovative EAL Instructional Model ALMOST FULL

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Schoolscapes and Multilingual Awareness in International Schools  (Jackie Jia Lou, Jean-Marc Dewaele, Susan Stewart) - 30 minutes
What languages are visually present in the physical spaces of your school, who produced them, what are their purposes, and how are they perceived? Have you wondered how this linguistic landscape (commonly understood as the visual display of languages in a geographic area) of your school, or ‘schoolscapes’ affects how your students perceive and use their languages?  Do you think your school’s linguistic landscape needs to be changed or improved in some ways?  At the International School of London, Susan Stewart (Head of Multilingualism) and Dr Jackie Jia Lou (Birkbeck College, University of London) have been working with four classes of Grades 3 and 4 students and their classroom teachers in a participatory project funded by the BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics) Applying Linguistics Fund. Entitled ‘Increasing the visibility of linguistic diversity in an international school’, this project involves children in documenting where languages are used in the spaces around their school and in creating new elements in the linguistic landscape to better represent the school’s linguistic diversity. Questionnaire surveys are administered at three stages of the project to examine the impact of these participatory activities on students’ multilingual awareness. This presentation aims to introduce the concept of ‘linguistic landscape’ to international education practitioners, to demonstrate how participatory research could be integrated into children’s learning with the help of classroom teachers, and to encourage you to consider your own school setting and how you could create a visual linguistic environment that promotes multilingualism.

How can I support all the languages in my classroom? Practical and Accessible Tech Tips for Mutlilingual Learners (Jacqueline Jones and Lara Rikers) - 30 minutes
Have you ever wondered how you can accelerate your students’ learning through accessible technology? Have you wanted to help your students to build up academic language, not only in the target language of instruction, but in all of their home languages as well? This session will consist of a number of practical take-away methods, enabling teachers to feel more confident and comfortable using technology tools flexibly in the classroom. By tapping into your students full language repertoire, you can help them to build up the strong academic and linguistic foundation they need for future learning success. From in class support to home-school links, user and instructor friendly technology will be shared throughout this dynamic session.

Sharing Best Practice and Building Capacity through an Innovative EAL Instructional Model (Rebecca Akselrad) - 30 minutes
This proposal will present a current pilot of a new model of EAL instruction within an IB PYP school with a single demographic of Vietnamese nationals. The model begins language in Kindergarten so to expose students to academic vocabulary at a young age and will make an impact over time. It includes innovative structures and builds on the research around immersion programs that have CLIL features. It renegotiates the terms of collaboration and co-teaching among EAL specialists and classroom teachers. It highlights the strengths of the educators and positions everyone as a learner. All constituents are part of a learning school, engaged in building capacity, and visibly pursuing growth.  The core aims of the presentation is to offer a new perspective on EAL instruction for schools who have a similar demographic, number of EAL teachers, and setting.

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Jackie Jia Lou

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics, Birkbeck, University of London
Jackie Jia Lou is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her main interest lies in combining multimodal and ethnographic research of languages in urban and educational spaces. Currently, she is working on three research projects related to this theme:Increasing... Read More →
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Susan Stewart

ECIS MLIE Chair, International School of London
Susan Stewart is Multilingualism Lead at the International School of London, where she works with a department of Home Language, Language Acquisition and English as an Additional Language teachers. Susan has lived and worked in Thailand, the UAE, South Africa, Belgium, Oman and Sweden... Read More →
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Jean-Marc Dewaele

Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism
My research focuses on the dynamic effects of individual differences in multilingual language use and acquisition, with a focus on personality and emotion. I am also strongly committed to social justice. I fight monolingual ideologies and try to get rid of the deficit view of foreign... Read More →
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Jacqueline Jones

EAL Teacher, International School of The Hague
Jacqueline Jones is an experienced educator with a strong history of working in both the primary and secondary education industry. In Independent schools, she has previously taught a range of subjects including EAL, EFL and ICT. Jacqueline holds a BSc (Hons) and a teaching certification... Read More →
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Lara Rikers

Primary School EAL Leader & Y3 EAL Teacher, International School of The Hague
Lara Rikers is an experienced Primary School Teacher and EAL Team Leader. With over fifteen years of teaching, in both Dutch and International settings, Lara actively uses her multilingual background to accelerate the language learning of her students. In her role as EAL Team Leader... Read More →
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Rebecca Akselrad

EAL Leader, American International School, Vietnam
Ms. Rebecca Akselrad has been teaching English as a Second Language in New York since 2009. For the past eight years, she has worked with a high need population of recent immigrants and a linguistically diverse group of English Language Learners in the New York City public school... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:30 - 12:00
Breakout room: Chalon