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Friday, May 15 • 9:00am - 3:30pm
Pre-Conference Workshop with British Council: Language Awareness in the Subject Classroom

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Target audience: The workshop will appeal to English teachers and curriculum planners as well as subject teachers of Maths, Science, Humanities and Social studies and anyone with an interest cross-curricular issues.

Workshop outline: As students go through a school day, they move through many different linguistic cultures. Subject Literacy is the awareness that each discipline has its own discourse and that every teacher is a teacher of language. This workshop will highlight key language areas of concern for a subject teacher, namely--functional language, content vocabulary and grammatical structures. The workshop will go on to provide teachers with practical, hands-on scaffolding strategies that they can use in their classrooms to support the learning and application of content specific language.
Subject Literacy is current focus of concern in Singapore. Part of the workshop will be sharing the background and development of our partnership with MOE/ELIS and anecdotes from courses that have run in Primary and/or Secondary schools.

This workshop will:
  • Enable teachers to understand key concepts in Subject Literacy
  • Guide teachers in identifying language-specific demands of Science, Mathematics and Social Studies in English-medium classrooms at primary level
  • Equip teachers with approaches and strategies to support students with subject-specific language required for understanding subject content, taking into consideration language-specific requirement of each subject.

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Leslie Davis

Leslie has been an educator for a decade in a variety of contexts – as an English teacher in an international school in Turkey, a Literacy teacher in public schools in the US, and teaching EFL to adults in New Zealand. Before coming to Singapore, she worked as a teacher mentor for Primary teachers in Sarawak, Malaysia. Leslie is passionate about supporting educators find solutions for issues in their classroom. Recently, she has focused on... Read More →



Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm
Pablo Naruda Room Upstairs KM Library

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