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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Webinar Series Webinar #5 - Panel Discussion: How Best Can we Support the Learners in our Classrooms for Whom English is an Additional Language?

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Webinar Series Webinar #5 - Panel Discussion: How Best Can we Support the Learners in our Classrooms for Whom English is an Additional Language?

 

This webinar is a collaboration between Kilkenny Education Centre, Clare Education Centre, Laois Education Centre, Limerick Education Centre and the English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA).

Catering for the language and literacy development of English language learners is a long-term, shared school community commitment. The most effective EAL provision involves a whole-school approach. This means that English language learners and their families are acknowledged, consulted, included, and active participants in the school community. This panel discussion will concentrate on effective strategies teachers and schools have put in place, which have made a positive difference for teachers, learners, families and school communities, and have improved for young people. It is important for developing multilingual young people to not only learn English, but to maintain their home language/s and feel a sense of belonging both in their school and in their community. A strong home/school/community network can foster a strong sense of cultural and linguistic identity in young people.

There will be inputs from a school leader, EAL, teachers, an SNA, a School Secretary, an English language learner and a parent/guardian. By participating in this webinar, you will be better equipped to further enhance a supportive and diverse school environment that will make English language learners and their families feel welcome. By attending this webinar, we expect that you will have an understanding of the ‘big picture’ regarding working with English language learners.

When you complete this webinar you will;

  • Be better equipped to further enhance a supportive, and diverse school environment that will make English language learners and their families feel welcome, and
  • Have practical planning, teaching, assessment, and communication resources that will guide you in working as an SET/EAL teacher or as a mainstream teacher with English language learners in your class.

You will be encouraged to ask questions/clarify aspects of the webinar content throughout the webinar. 

Annie Asgard

Annie Asgard is an English Language Support Teacher in Claddagh National School in Galway City. She has been active in the area of EAL teaching since 2006. She is active in working with families who are under the International Protection System (who are seeking asylum in Ireland) and in refugee education as an advocate for parents/guardians and an activist. She is a strong advocate for multilingualism and speaks Farsi (spoken as a mother tongue), English and has also studied Spanish, Japanese and French. She is passionate about encouraging children and parents/guardians to maintain and advance their mother tongue/s, as she learned English herself as a young child at school after moving to the USA from Iran as a young child. She studied at Temple University for a B.Ed and M.Ed. She works as a field researcher on the Children’s Lives Study at UCD and engages with multilingual families in case study research in the area of children’s voice and the daily lived experiences of children in Primary school. In late September 2020, she was elected Chairperson of the English Language Support Teachers’ Association of Ireland (ELSTA). Annie hopes to bring much-needed professional development and training to all teachers in Ireland who work with English language learners. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Webinar Series Webinars

Teachers must register individually for each webinar in the Series they wish to attend. There are six webinars in the Series in total.

Course Properties

Course date 03-11-2021 7:00 pm
Course End Date 03-11-2021 8:00 pm
Capacity 500
Cut off date 03-11-2021 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Annie Asgard
Number Hours 1
Location Online (via Zoom)
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Eircode - R95 RH97

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