RIG Convenor: Carol Hrynyk Post: Carol Hrynyk
November 29th 2017
University of Manchester
25 practitioners attended the 3rd NALDIC North West RIG on November 29th at 4 to 5:30pm at the University of Manchester.
Theme: The wider needs of bilingual and multilingual learners.
There were research based presentations from two guest speakers:
Monika Reece from Edge Hill University enthusiastically presented the findings of her own research, ‘Caring for and educating or ‘positioning’ ‘EAL learners’. She explained how the language that we use defines multilingual learners in very negative terms. For example: labels such as ‘EAL’ describe children in terms of what they don’t know rather than celebrating their existing skills and knowledge.
Judith Flynn from Manchester Metropolitan University presented ‘Teaching pedagogic discourse around bilingual children – encounters with difference’. Again the focus was on what is visible and invisible in education – on perceptions of bilingual learners by their teachers and, in turn, on how the pupils learn to see themselves.
Sharon Collins and Carol Hrynyk of Abraham Moss School spoke about the ‘Schools of Sanctuary’ Award as one way of creating a more positive, nurturing and supportive environment and ethos in our attainment-driven schools.