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The Unlocking the World community is the perfect place to ask questions, discuss ideas and exchange information with other teachers and our program consultants.
May 26, 2011
Three new venues for our courses have been added in the past week.
The Taihu International School, Wuxi, China will host:
ESL in the Mainstream for the Early Learner from 22-25 November 2011
Teaching ESL Students in Mainstream Classrooms from16-20 January 2012
Meanjin in Brisbane will host:
How Language Works from 26 September-1 October 2011
For further information or to enrol please go to http://www.unlockingtheworld.com/training_venues
May 26, 2011
Last week I watched a webcast on the 'Colorin Colorado' website about how English Language Learners in the USA could and are being assessed there. Much of what was said has been said before but it is always useful to have ideas reinforced. A child's native language or the one spoken at home, as well as their culture are important in scaffolding their learning of the English langauge. The linguistic level of a child in their native tongue will also affect their learning of English and examples were given of how some school districts take this into account when placing a child into the appropriate class.
Rather than assessment only being important at the end of a learning period, especially if a standardised test is used, there must be continual evaluation and assessment of students in order to drive the further planning of lessons and teaching materials for them.
Though USA centric this webcast is worth listening to to remind us of some of the things we can do to help our studentswho don't have English as their first language at home.
May 18, 2011
We have just listed a new venue for our 'ESL in the mainstream for early learners' course. It is being run at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning in Canberra, ACT, Australia. The timeline for enrolling is very short as the course will start on Monday, 27 June 2011.
To get more details or to enrol click on the following link. http://www.unlockingtheworld.com/training_venues