Hosted by Leysin American School, March 8th and 9th, 2013
Many Languages, One School
The human ability to adapt and to acquire new languages, whether English, Mandarin or Swahili, is central to success in the modern world, and central to the existence and everyday function of all educational establishments, and international schools more than most. EFL, EAL, ESL, call it what you wish – this is an element of our schools that we must get right.
The challenges of differentiation, recognition of support needs through the fog of the language acquisition process, the dynamic modification of language and support programmes to meet evolving needs – these are the bread and butter of all our teachers. If our schools don’t provide the absolute best in these areas, we are failing both our staff and – most importantly – our students.
The SGIS conference 2013 brings together some of the top experts in the field of ESL. Our aim is to revisit these essential topics, to help teachers across the various curricula and ages we teach find out about the latest research in this area, to help them to hone their tools and skills, share best practice or even to re-tool with some of the many technological options now available as we learn to integrate our English support programmes ever more closely with the fabric of our schools.
Ilya Eigenbrot, SGIS Chair
There will be no hard copy programme at the conference so you are advised to print out the full programme schedule.
Please do print your own copies.
- Supporting ESL students with academic difficulties
- Rating the School’s Resources
- Generating ELL Interventions in Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Cultural Impact
- Generating Special Education Interventions in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
- Interventions for Oral Language and Literacy Development
- Using the Mother Tongue to support learning
- Why bother with ESL students' mother tongue in English-medium school?
- Checking for Quality of Books in Languages Other than English
- Activities with bilingual books
- Understanding ESL students with academic difficulties: What do we look for?
- Sample Questions for Evaluating the Adequacy of the Learning Environment
- Personal and Family Factors - Possible Questions to Consider for Gathering Information on a Student’s Personal and Family Background
- Sample Questions to Evaluate Students’ Possible Physical and Psychological Issues
- Sample Questions to Evaluate a Student’s Previous Schooling Experiences
- Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency
- Determining if Sufficient Data about the Seven Integral Factors Are Available
- Linguistic and Cultural Resources