Teaching young children in English in multilingual contexts

Young children (aged 5–8) beginning schooling are embarking on their developmental pathway of learning to use language in schooling contexts, such as reading and writing. This makes them more reliant on spoken language and a range of other meaning-making resources such as visuals (both static and animated) and sound (music and sound effects). With this in mind, the aims of Teaching young children in English in multilingual contexts are to:

  • develop teachers' understanding of the notion of meaning making and how we can use that to inform the kinds of scaffolding that will build the meaning-making capacity of students in multilingual classrooms
  • develop teachers' understanding of the need for explicit teaching practices that will build up students' repertoires of meaning-making resources so that they can be successful learners
  • provide a positive context for teachers to reflect critically and openly on their teaching and develop shared understandings about scaffolding in order to improve the effectiveness of whole-school collaboration.

Tutor Training Program

  • This program is an intensive four-day train-the-trainer professional development program for educators.
  • Tutor Training is delivered in host schools around the world to small groups of up to 20 participants.
  • Successful graduates become resident school-based Tutors who deliver the Teacher Development Course. This provides your school with cost effective, school-managed professional development.
  • The cost of the Tutor Training is AUD$4375 (GST to be applied for Australian venues).


Teacher Development Course

As a Teaching young children in English in multilingual contexts trained Tutor, you can deliver the Teacher Development Course in your own school.

The course incorporates a program of classroom-based action research and readings.

Trained Tutors deliver 18 hours face-to-face learning in seven modules which, when combined with between module readings and activities, is equivalent to more than 40 hours professional development for teachers.


Teacher Development Course Outline

Module 1: Meaning making in multilingual contexts

Module 2: Scaffolding learners

Module 3: Getting active with language

Module 4: Understanding stories

Module 5: Learning the language of stories

Module 6: Learning to explain how things happen or are done

Module 7: Planning for meaning-making success



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Contact us

You can find out more about theTeaching young children in English in multilingual contexts Tutor Training Program by contacting our Consultants:

Tutor Training Consultants

John Polias
Brian Dare
Email: john@lexised.com
Email: bdare@lexised.com

For general enquiries please contact DECD Publishing

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