SPELTAC was launched at the International School of Phnom Penh in August 2016. Cohort 2 starts February 27th! Registration is now open. Interested in joining SPELTAC?
Check out the EAL Advisor Website, a final project created by a SPELTAC inquiry group. Excellent strategies to be found here!
✰✰✰ Best For: MYP and DP, Upper EAL students Description: Brainwriting is simple. Rather than ask participants to yell out ideas (a serial process), you ask them to write down their ideas about a particular question or problem on sheets of paper for a few minutes; then, you have each participant pass their ideas on to someone else, who reads the ideas and adds new ideas.
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Language wraps itself around, in, through and between everything that we teachers and learners do in the classroom.Ron Ritchart
An approach to teaching and learning that is underpinned by an understanding of language is crucial.John Polias
Students’ skills and knowledge in all their languages should be explicitly valued and recognized as resources for exploring new ways of thinking and knowing.Developing academic literacy in IB programmes
“Honoring cultural pluralism… in an educational system, will actually increase students’ engagement as well as maximize their literacy across a curriculum that has no links to their cultural background.”Ferdman, 1990
Global literacy is part of BEING literate today.Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
We need to build capacity in educational settings that serve English learners.http://wtgrantfoundation.org/
Language capacity is the root of all student performance. The success of a classroom learning experience rests on student language capacity.Heidi Hayes Jacobs, 2006
“That, is why I love blogging. I think it is a worthwhile experience for every learner to have a portfolio documenting, showcasing, sharing and breeding ideas. Will every post be incredible? No. But incredible ideas–moments of ‘a-ha!’ are the direct result of dozens of attempts at wondering. I could spend lesson after lesson lecturing. But I would rather spend lesson after lesson listening, and allowing ideas to find other ideas.” Tricia FriedmanTricia Friedman
Becoming part of a blogging community… helps my failures feel more like stepping stones- because I’m not just denying them, but recognizing and rectifying them.@mssackstein
“In interlingual classrooms power will be negotiated and shared and all children will be included in the learning that takes place in classrooms. Interlingual classrooms are places where international mindedness is seen in action. Internationalism is felt and children learn who they are…“– Gallagher, 2008
“When students’ identity is affirmed through interactions with their teacher, they are more likely to apply themselves academically in the classroom as well as increase their participation.”– Jim Cummins, 2001
“…there is immense potential for instructional innovation in international schools that can open up dialogue among all educators about the powerful impact that schools can, and must, exert in shaping our global village.”Jim Cummins in Bilingualism in International Schools (Carder, M. 2006)
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