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Saturday, May 16 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Workshop 2: Visible Thinking, Visible Language

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The target audience for this workshop is: All language teachers

Workshop Overview: Visible thinking (VT) refers to any kind of observable representation that documents and supports the development of a student’s or group’s ongoing thoughts, questions, reflections. Some examples are maps, charts, lists, diagrams. All of these are important if they reveal to us the learner’s ideas as they think through an issue, a topic or a problem. The Visible Thinking (VT) framework is part of Harvard’s Project Zero research. The framework includes visible thinking routines, which are tools or strategies that help students connect to how they think and learn. A distinctive feature of thinking routines is that they encourage active processing. Can these routines be used or adapted to use in a language classroom, and if so, how? Many of the routines can be used in the language classroom, whether this is a mother-tongue classroom, an EAL or another modern language classroom. By carefully selecting the thinking routines, the language teacher can see the student’s prior knowledge, as well as the development and understanding of various elements of the language studied.
Examples from language classes will be provided.

After attending your workshop, participants will:
  • become familiar with visible thinking framework and visible thinking routines
  • have a better understanding of how the routines could be adapted to the language classroom by viewing examples and participating in hands-on activity


Anca Toma

Languages Lead Teacher, Canadian International School
Born and raised in Romania until the age of 14, my English skills truly improved once I was immersed in my new school in Canada. My passion for languages pushed me to pursue my studies in French and to look for opportunities to extend my professional and personal learning in various... Read More →

Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm +08
Conference Room 1 Block A, Level 5

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