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EAL Webinar Series #1: The Challenges and Surprising Benefits of Teaching Remotely - Working with Developing Multilingual (EAL) Primary School Students During the COVID-19 School Closure and Beyond Webinar

EAL Webinar Series #1: The Challenges and Surprising Benefits of Teaching Remotely - Working with Developing Multilingual (EAL) Primary School Students During the COVID-19 School Closure and Beyond Webinar

In this webinar, teachers will;

  • Acquire a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of teaching remotely for students who do not have English and/or Irish as a language of the home,
  • Gather practical ideas about how to plan, implement, evaluate and assess English language learning students during periods of remote learning and use Zoom (or other video conferencing platforms) to teach EAL lessons,
  • Incorporate CLIL approaches in remote teaching platforms using environmental materials, and
  • Gain confidence in their ability to work with multilingual students to encourage the use of home language to scaffold English language learning during the challenging times of school closure through collaboration with family and their home environment.

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 currently an Assistant Principal II with responsibility for the English as an Language student cohort and is also the Equality and Diversity Liaison. She is active in working in the area of asylum seeker and refugee education as an advocate for parents and an activist. She has taught in a refugee camp in northern France. She speaks Farsi (spoken as a mother tongue), English and also studied Spanish, Japanese and French. She lived and worked in the Caribbean, Japan and France before moving to Ireland. She is passionate about encouraging children and parents 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 at age four. She studied at Temple University for a B.Ed and M.Ed. and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at University College Dublin. 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 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). It is an association that has been inactive since 2015 and with the enthusiasm of a strong team of hard-working and passionate teachers, she hopes to bring much-needed professional development and training to all teachers in Ireland who work with English language learners.All teachers are welcome to join by applying here. You can contact ELSTA by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Course Properties

Course date 05-11-2020 7:00 pm
Course End Date 05-11-2020 8:00 pm
Capacity 500
Cut off date 05-11-2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Annie Asgard
Number Hours 1
Location Online (via Zoom)
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