ISH Teachers Present at Major International Conference
Posted 14/03/2019 16:28
Last week, Lara Rikers, Mindy McCracken, Jackie Jones, and Josh Martin presented at the Multilingual Learning in International Education (MLIE) Conference organised by the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS).
One of the highlights was a joint presentation given by Mindy McCracken and Lara Rikers from the ISH, and Dr Jim Cummins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Dr Cummins has been at the forefront of multilingual education for many years. His research into French-English bilingual programmes decades ago provides the academic foundation for best multilingual teaching practices today.
Together, Dr Cummins, Mindy and Lara presented on Identity Text Projects: Generating Academic Power in Multilingual Classrooms. Since 2013, our school has been actively collaborating with Dr Cummins, who has consistently validated the ongoing work we do, to weave home languages into our mainstream curriculum at ISH.
Lara Rikers, the head of our dynamic ISH EAL department, had this to say about her ECIS MLIE conference experiences:
"With the unwavering support of our assistant principal Sue Tee and our principal Juliette van Eerdewijk, we have been able to develop innovative educational practice that intersects with research and theoretical claims that empower teachers as knowledge-generators."
In Lara Rikers and Jackie Jones' break out session, they explored possibilities to accelerate students' learning through accessible technology, to help students to build up academic language, not only in the target language of instruction but in all of their home languages. This session contained a number of practical take-away methods, enabling teachers to feel more confident and comfortable using technology tools flexibly in the classroom.
In Josh Martin and Mindy McCracken's break out session, the flexible use of oral translation software was explored through a range of Year 1 settings and subjects, allowing English beginner students to access their learning in home languages while building up their academic English at the same time. This innovative strategy has also recently been published in the EAL journal of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum's (NALDIC), which can be found online here>>
The multilingual ISH language philosophy is evident in all of the presentations given at this world-level, ECIS language conference. At the ISH, we strongly believe that by tapping into your students' full language repertoire, you can help them to build up the strong academic and linguistic foundation they need for their future learning successes.
Mindy McCracken is an official ECIS MLIE Committee member, and this has been her first time organising this specialised conference. For Jackie and Josh, this was their presenting debut at ECIS MLIE.
Congratulations to all of our ISH presenters. They have done a fantastic job representing our unique, internationally-leading school on the world stage.
If you would like to read more about our ISH language presentations, please click on the links below.
How can I support all the languages in my classroom? Practical and Accessible Tech Tips for Multilingual Learners - Jacqueline Jones and Lara Rikers>>
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