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Saturday, March 2 • 13:30 - 14:30
2 sessions: EAL Voices & EAL Technology ALMOST FULL

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Finding Young EAL Learner Voices  (Josh Martin and Mindy McCracken) - 30 minutes
As teachers, we promise that we will do our best to make learning challenging, engaging, interesting and fun. But how can we extend this promise to our EAL children? Can we be content with the curriculum passing beyond them, not allowing their critical faculties to be activated? Do we ignore their blank looks of confusion and non-comprehension, as we attempt to teach increasingly abstract and complex curriculum that is often too difficult for even our native English speakers to comprehend? On the contrary, at the International School of the Hague Primary, (ISH) we believe that a powerful method of drawing EAL children into the learning world of their peers lies literally at our fingertips.

What happens when we incorporate oral translanguaging technology into our early years classrooms and what does it look like? Through emerging technology, we can meaningfully connect EAL children to the mainstream curriculum, enabling them to communicate their needs and wants, enrich their play with peers and make them feel that their home language is a valued part of our classroom learning. In this session, we will explore the social and academic benefits of using Google speaker buttons and what new learning possibilities are opened, when we turn our classrooms into multilingual spaces for all children.

A best practice guide to using technology with EAL pupils (Patrick McGrath) - 30 minutes
‘English as an Additional Language’ learners are an increasingly significant part of our classrooms. So too, of course, is technology.
The question then is how do we marry the two and ensure we deliver effective practice with technology? How do we select tools and develop strategies for EAL pupils that have genuine impact?
The reality is that effective practice looks the same with and without technology - it’s focused on sound pedagogy and clear outcomes for learners. Tools and technology should be there to augment good teaching, create methods for deepening learning and understanding and be able to scaffold and support learners right where and when they need it.
In this short session, we’ll work through a series of best practice examples of technology use for EAL pupils. We’ll show how educators are using tools to build vocabulary and help support the language of conversation and of learning.
We’ll use examples of effective strategies that are easy to integrate into everyday teaching and equip pupils and teachers with new opportunities to develop multilingual skills.
Grounded in a true focus on teaching and learning we will highlight a number of research initiatives from across the globe that show just how effective technology can be in building language structure and knowledge.
Suitable for teachers of pupils from 8 to 18, attendees will leave with the tools, knowledge and skills to embrace technology and provide pupils with the opportunities they need to scaffold and support their language development.

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Josh Martin

Josh is an early years teacher from Australia. He began working as a language intervention teacher in state schools, working primarily with refugees, which started off his passion for working with EAL children. He also holds degrees in English Literature and Drama, using dramatic... Read More →
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Mindy McCracken

Mother Tongue and Identity Language Leader/EAL Teacher, International School of the Hague
Mindy holds a degree in Environmental Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching credential with a built-in CLAD (Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development) concentration to support second language learners. This specific expertise has been essential for her successful classroom... Read More →
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Patrick McGrath

Education Technology Specialist, Texthelp Ltd (company)
Patrick is the resident EdTech champion at Texthelp. A passionate educator, Patrick is an accomplished international speaker focusing on engaging sessions on how technology can make a real and meaningful impact on teaching and learning for all.  An Apple Education Mentor and Google... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 13:30 - 14:30
Breakout room: Epernay