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Saturday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Workshop 1: Developing multilingual competencies in the global classroom

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Today's classrooms reflect the linguistic heterogeneity of a global age. Increasingly, foreign language students already speak one or two foreign languages, either with family members at home or because they have experienced other languages through travel and media. However, these students often demonstrate uneven proficiency in the productive and receptive skills of the languages they have been exposed to. Additionally, they are rarely able to articulate the learning strategies they have put in place to cope with foreign language content.
This provides educators with the opportunity not only to harness some of the methods the students have used to learn a foreign language in a collaborative classroom setting, but also to consolidate the students’ linguistic knowledge - which would otherwise remain undeveloped.
The objective of this workshop is to discuss and refine tools to harness students’ diverse linguistic competencies in order to: 1) make the students build on prior knowledge to infer new meaning and produce new language, 2) connect with languages in a concrete tangible way, 3) encourage multilingual proficiency, 4) increase cognitive flexibility and adaptability when meeting new people at school and in their future work place.

After attending your workshop, participants will have exchanged and refined strategies to assess and strengthen the diverse linguistic abilities that students bring to the classroom.

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Severine Fumoux

High School Teacher of Modern Languages, International School of Kenya
Severine Fumoux completed her teaching certification at Oxford University, where she focused on differentiation and how multilingualism and cultural heritage can inform teaching and learning. Her teaching experience extends from a government school and a language college in England... Read More →

Saturday May 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT+08
Conference Room 3 Block C, Level 3

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