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Leading on Languages (for school leaders) - a half-day workshop by Eowyn Crisfield

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Workshop: Leading on Languages (for school leaders)

This half-day event is structured around a mini-audit of your school, to build a foundation for exploring change. The audit looks at all language provisions (EAL/ELL, home, host country and foreign languages) and will help you identify key areas that need improvement. The audit is organised around the tripartite model of: administration, curriculum, pedagogy, to give a clear view of the strengths and weaknesses in each area. Interwoven in each area of the audit, we dive into knowledge building on key topics such as management of languages, leadership structures, curriculum development and pedagogy.

This session is ideal for school leaders, cycle or programme leaders, or interested language teachers. A two-person team from a school would be ideal, to work on their own context. The half-day session will be a dynamic mix of knowledge-building and hands-on development.

On context:

Languages are at the heart of international education, by default if not by design. International-mindedness and global citizenship, two key areas of focus in international schools, are both closely linked to language learning and teaching as pathways to better understanding and communicating across groups. The myriad intricacies of educating multilingual students in international and national contexts means that each school is unique in profile and complexity in terms of language. Despite the central nature of languages in international schools, they are often considered as separate and unconnected provisions. Strong leadership knowledge about languages in schools, relating to theory and to practice is key in developing strong whole-school approaches to languages.About Eowyn Crisfield

Eowyn Crisfield is a Canadian-educated specialist in bilingualism, bilingualism in education, and teacher-training. She holds a B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, with specialisations in language learning and teaching, and bilingual education.

Eowyn has over 20 years experience in the field of Applied Linguistics, and has a background that covers research, teaching and teacher-training, and supporting bilingual families. Her past institutional experience includes English-language teaching, language department coordination, curriculum development, lecturing in Initial Teacher Education programmes (methodology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition), and doing academic development for educational organisations.

She is currently also an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, lecturing on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching Multilingual Learners and the MA TESOL.

Over the years she has developed a number of unique services, including Family Language Planning and a whole-school “Every teacher is a language teacher” professional development program for language support in schools. Eowyn continues to research in the field of bilingualism, with a special interest in promoting language equality in schools, and the integration of “languages across the curriculum”.

More information on her work is available here.


Workshop Details

Trainer: Eowyn Crisfield

Who should attend: School leaders, cycle or programme leaders, or interested language teachers

When: Thursday, 7 November 2019, 8.30am - 12.00pm

Where: UWCSEA Dover Campus, Multi-Purpose Hall

Workshop fees: S$150 *

*Workshop fees include workshop materials, if any, and snacks.





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