English as a Second Language (ESL) has evolved into English as another Language (EAL) and now at present times it is called Multi-language Learner (MLL). Here is an opportunity to spend the day with experts from the international community of Language Specialists to learn and update your knowledge and skills on Language in education policies, programs and current instructional practices.
Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Pre-K to 12 Classroom
With Alex Gustad
This presentation will cover current theories and terms in the field of English language development and strategies for high-leverage instruction of multilingual learners.
Alex Gustad is an EAL Coordinator, language coach, and specialist at the American School of Bombay. She has worked in higher education and schools in the US, UK, and India for the last 20 years. My goal is to help educators create an assets-based, equitable learning environment for multilingual learners.
With Patricia Peters
This workshop introduces participants to essential, research-based best practices for EAL classes in the K-12 setting. As they explore these practices, participants will have the opportunity to gather ideas and solutions to address issues related to their own teaching context.
Patricia Peters is the High School EAL Teacher and Coach at the American School of Bombay. She collaborates with teachers to develop scaffolded activities that will be accessible to all students. Prior to ASB, she spent five years working at a few different colleges and universities with post-secondary English, English, and teacher development in EAL.
Language Focused Scaffolds
With Vandana Manwani
One can support all students but more importantly multilingual learners by creating scaffolds that break down writing tasks into smaller chunks that require to be successful.
Scaffolding is particularly important for language learners as it enables them to move from dependence to independent learning.
Students are supported to move on to more difficult assignments as their skills develop.
Vandana Manwani works at the American School of Bombay; she values how her role nurtures young learners by providing a safe environment that fosters mutual trust and respect which enables them to learn with intent and realise their optimal potential.
She believes students become highly motivated when they have voice and choice. Constantly engaged, they see that their actions have an impact, and this empowers them.
She challenges students to use their power to affect positive change which has an impact on themselves and the greater community.