Effective strategies for English language acquisition

English language development across the curriculum

This programme comprises of three workshops which aim to develop a working knowledge of the theory and research behind language acquisition and explores practical classroom strategies that can be used to facilitate English language acquisition effectively in schools:

Participants will discuss and reflect on examples and come to a common understanding of the importance of knowing the differences between English as an additional language learning programmes in different contexts. Overview of the four language skills (Listening and Reading, Speaking and Writing) and how language development theories (Chomsky, Piaget, Skinner & Vygotsky), influence learning methodologies from the translational grammar- translational approach to CLIL.
Participants will consider the four “C’s” of CLIL- Content, Culture, Cognition, Communication-. They will reflect on how these can be integrated effectively through planned and purposeful language planning. Participants will receive a Language Development Audit tool; the tool will ask the questions that will shape effective planning for language. Participants will understand the importance of breaking communication down into three distinct areas the language “of”, “through” and “for” learning.

Creating a language rich learning environment for the receptive and productive language skills. Participants will experience approaches and activities to embed these into practice through language games and activities to build vocabulary and to raise the importance of active listening. Teacher talk. Participants will assess language proficiency in the four language skills using the CEFR and consider how grammar and structure fit into informing planned and purposeful use of language. Participants will leave with exemplars and activities to demonstrate scaffolding for Language, grading and moderation.

Participants will determine how the different language development theories inform whole-school strategy and practice in the classroom. They will explore the different language modes and will be equipped with practical tools and strategies to audit, plan for and integrate content and language to meet diverse pupil needs. Participants will be given practical classroom strategies to develop, assess and review receptive and productive communication skills in each of the four skill areas. EAL and CLIL strategies are supported through access to resources and through the professional learning community available through the programme.

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