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Friday, May 15


Pre-Conference Workshop with British Council: Language Awareness in the Subject Classroom
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 - ليزلي ديفيس

Teacher Trainer, Teacher Development Centre, British Council Singapore - معلمة مدربة في مركز التطوير في المجلس الثقافي البريطاني، سنغافورة, British Council - المجلس الثقافي البريطاني
Leslie Davis is a teacher trainer at the British Council Teacher Development Centre in Singapore who consults with Ministry of Education schools to meet their professional development needs. Leslie has a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Virginia and a Reading Specialist... Read More →

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


Pre-Conference Workshop with Diana Hicks: How could the use of text attack strategies scaffold learning in your school?
Target audience: Secondary subject, MFL and LI teachers

Workshop outline: The workshop will focus on the need for text attack strategies in all classrooms as a means of scaffolding students interaction with and comprehension of text in L1 and L2 (or L3). Reading efficiently is a key part of successful curriculum understanding and awareness of appropriate strategies to attack a range of text genres underpins both language development and subject understanding. Many L1 and L2 students use Stage 1 reading strategies ( developed at primary school) in Stage 2 contexts and these are reinforced by inappropriate teaching approaches.
Various strategies will be shared and discussed to demonstrate how we can move away from ‘what’ we ask students to read to ‘how’ we can help them deal with texts.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to understand:
  • the need for genre appraisal,
  • the purpose, process and outcome of reading a text
  • appropriate scaffolding for pupil success.


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm
Think Tank Ground Floor KM Library


Pre-Conference Workshop with Dr. Yuehua (Susan) Zhang: TPR & TPRS - Effective Teaching Approaches to Developing Language Proficiency
Target audience: K -12 second/foreign language educators

Workshop outline: TPR (Total Physical Response) & TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is an effective approach in teaching of a second/foreign language. TPR, initiated by Dr. James Asher, and TPRS by Blaine Ray and Contee Seely - these two methods are supported by theories in second language acquisition developed by Dr Stephen Krashen. These approaches are effective because they provide opportunities for students to receive a range of comprehensible input using a variety of repetition, therefore enabling students to build a foundation from which to develop fluency and be able to communicate confidently with native speakers. Students are engaged in active learning that is relevant and personalized, which creates an environment for natural language acquisition.
The workshop will not only present relevant theory to help understand the effectiveness of these approaches, but also provide hands-on experiential learning of the necessary steps for participants to then apply these methods in their own classrooms.
The concept of language proficiency will also be introduced because the classroom practice has shown that to make this approach truly effective, specific proficiency goals must be present. Therefore, teachers will be provided with a ‘tool kit’ of strategies, which are exactly what they need in order to guide their students toward successful mastery of the language.

In this workshop, participants will:
  • gain theoretical background of the teaching methods - TPR (Total Physical Response) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)
  • develop a ‘tool kit’ of basic steps in how to use TPR and TPRS through hands-on experiential learning
  • understand the development of language proficiency and build strategies to apply in daily teaching (focusing on oral interpersonal communication skills)

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Dr. Yuehua (Susan) Zhang

Dr. Yuehua (Susan) Zhang obtained her BA degree in English from Beijing Normal University, MED from Concordia University of Nebraska and PhD in Curriculum and instruction from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the US. She has extensive experience in U.S./China educational programs... Read More →

Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm
Conference Room 2 Block A, Level 5


Pre-Conference Workshop with Eithne Gallagher: Equal Rights to the Curriculum: Promoting home languages in all classrooms - from theory to practice
Target audience: Primary and Middle School teachers and administrators

Workshop outline: In this interactive session participants will reflect on their current practices and consider easy and practical ways to include all the home languages in the daily learning that takes place in the classroom.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of Interlingual teaching and learning and what this looks like in practice.
  • Teach for Cross linguistic transfer
  • Plan effectively using the Language Dimension Planner
  • Reflect on their teaching using a Self/Peer observation rubric

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Eithne Gallagher

Eithne Gallagher is a recognised authority in the field of ESL in International Education and has over twenty years’ experience of teaching in international schools. She has twice been chair of the European Council of International Schools ESL & Mother-tongue Committee. She is a... Read More →

Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm
Conference Room 3 Block C, Level 3


Pre-Conference Workshop with Mark Foster: Teaching second languages like first languages
Target audience: Language teachers and administrators

Workshop outline: In this workshop, we will examine the pitfalls of traditional language classes (The thing that ruins most language classes is that language teachers are good at language.). We will consider some guiding principles of First Language Approach (There is no "understand", there is only "repeat".  We will consider four or five techniques that will be useful in creating a new atmosphere in the language classroom

In this workshop, participants will:
  • Practice using some new and entertaining classroom activities such as: story-building, silent film narration, and question cycles.
  • Explore and play with some online resources such as lyricstraining and Quizlet.
  • Learn how to use and have fun with TPR (student challenges and reverse quizzes), and how to better manage TPR by using ASL, Quizlet, and  TPRManager.
  • Learn how to make simple recordings for their students using a variety of programs and applications, such as voki.com, voicethread.com, etc.


Mark Foster

Mark earned a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut. While living and teaching in France, he completed an M.A. in French Language and Civilization from New York University’s NYU-in-Paris program. His many years... Read More →

Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm
Conference Room 1 Block A, Level 5