Theme: Using and encouraging bilingualism in schools and communities
Convenor/s: Justine Dakin
Host: NALDIC Zoom
Anyone interested in attending must contact the convenor to register in advance.
NALDIC’s Regional Interest Groups help teachers and other education professionals working with EAL learners to get together, stay informed about developments in the EAL field and share best practice.
Agenda & Speakers
The 11th West Midlands Regional Interest Group meeting is on 28th June 2022. It will be held via Zoom from 4.30pm – 5.45pm and everyone is welcome!
The theme this term is bilingualism.
As we continue our journey into a post-Brexit era where the United Kingdom seeks to redefine its global position, how do schools and communities show the value of bilingualism while teaching in an education system predicated on monolingualism?
This meeting won’t claim to answer this question, but it will offer suggestions as to how schools can promote the value of bilingualism through different strategies and approaches to language.
Simon Martin, Head Teacher at Gladstone Primary school will talk about the theories behind the bilingual language clubs his school set up to engage pupils and parents in developing oracy skills. Colin Baxter, an education adviser, will explain the methodology, translanguaging and impact data around the initiative, while practitioners involved in the clubs will also give their first-hand experiences of the effectiveness of this strategy.
Mary-Rose Puttick, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, will add to the debate by sharing her experiences of translanguaging. Her study into the experiences of newly arrived parents and their young children gives an insight into how, when and why the use of bilingualism is an effective tool that can break down barriers within our communities.
Please join us for an interesting and informative meeting.
We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP Justine Dakin
West Midlands RIG Convenor – firstname.lastname@example.org
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