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Supporting English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes

Room: IB 1021

Facilitators: Karen Densky, Dian Henderson, Alex Church

The number of English language learners (ELLs) continues to grow at TRU. Whether arriving as international students, immigrants or refugees, all come with challenges that instructors are expected to deal with. These challenges may be related to prior learning experiences or lack of them, emotional trauma or culture shock.

ELLs also add capacity to the classroom in terms of their cultural capital through their international perspectives and experiences, but finding ways to elicit and integrate these perspectives may be challenging for instructors.

This interactive session will begin with some theory on language and content learning and introduce some examples for supporting ELLs in mainstream classes. Participants will have time to discuss and plan ways to effectively integrate some techniques into classes and curriculum including assessment practices that address language vs content issues. In this session participants will:

•    Discuss the challenges and benefits of having ELLs in class.
•    Be introduced to some theory related to language learning.
•    Experience several strategies for integrating ELLs in the class.
•    Become familiar with support systems for ELLs at TRU.
•    Integrate some strategies for integrating the cultural capital of ELLs into classes.


Thursday, May 10, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Kamloops Campus

Event Organizer

Karen Densky