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ESOL readings and professional learning opportunitries

This post looks at professional learning opportunities and great links and readings to explore during the holiday period. 

International Education qualification opportunity

You may also be interested in a new online postgraduate-level course offered by Victoria University International Education: Issues and trends in policy, theory and practice. This course provides a broad introduction of the study and practice of international education. The course will develop the capacity to critically examine international education policies and practices. Attention will be paid to intercultural relations and approaches to developing intercultural competencies. It is designed for people working in international education. The course can comprise part of a postgraduate certificate or diploma, or a 180 Masters (taught) in Education with online delivery options. The first course starts on 16 November 2015, and finishes on 12 February, 2016. See also this article about the course on the New Zealand Education website.

TESSOL Scholarships

I highly recommend teachers apply for a TESSOL Scholarship.  Information on how to apply will be sent to schools early in term 4. If you are wondering whether this study will be worthwhile to you then read the article in the 10 August, 2015 Education Gazette, Strengthening the classroom kete. I love what the principal of Roscommon Primary school, Sonia Johnston says in the article:

I’ve been able to encourage many of our staff to undertake the Dip TESSOL studies,” she says.

“When they ask me, ‘Sonia, do you think I should do this study?’ – I share with them wisdom from Pauline Gibbons – who says: ‘we can no longer think of our English language learners as a group apart from the mainstream – they are the mainstream’.

“So I tell them, ‘If you plan on continuing to teach in schools in any multicultural city in the world, let alone New Zealand, as a ‘mainstream teacher’ – this will be your mainstream’.”  

Applications close on 30 October 2015. To find our more go to this Ministry page

Connected Educator Aotearoa/NZ

Don’t forget that Connected Educator Aotearoa/NZ is back for 2015, kicking off on 28 September  http://connectededucator.org.nz/ . This is a great opportunity to connect with other educators on using digital technology within the classroom. There are also ways to upskill your digital knowledge through the starter kete self-access learning activities.  Give it a go and sign up to at least one of the events or webinars.

Readings, links and gems from around the world

Digital learning and ELLs

·         What’s on the Internet for Flipping English Language Instruction? * * * On the Internet * * * Ilka Kostka and Robyn Brinks LockwoodTESL-EJ Journal August 2015 — Volume 19, Number 2 .

In this article, they discuss the main tenets of the flipped approach, highlighting relevant implications for flipping English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes. They then describe several Internet-based tools that they have used to flip their English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes. Whilst aimed at older learners there are still relevant points to consider with younger learners.

In the same journal you will also find articles on:

o   Duolingo May 2015 – Volume 19, Number 1 Author Duolingo Inc.

o   Web-based Vocabulary Learning with Quizlet, May 2015 – Volume 19, Number reviewed by TRI Hoang Dang 

·         The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners,  April 16, 2015 by Larry Ferlazzo

·         A 30 minute lecture that demonstrates how we can use technology to develop students fluency. Russell Stannard, Flipped classroom lecture-  Includes real examples and a focus on two very useful technologies

Teaching ELLs and Diverse students

·         3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do, John McCarthy, Edutopia, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: JULY 23, 2014 | UPDATED: AUGUST 28, 2015.

·         4 Strategies to Help ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom JoyLynn Nesbitt, Edutopia, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

·         Cultural competence in the classroom: A key 21st-century skill, Erick HerrmannThursday, August 13, 2015, Multibriefs

·         From Wealthy to Homeless: Meaningful Learning in a Classroom with a Range of Backgrounds, Mandy Lange Posted 08/26/2015 8:30AM, Edutopia

·         Understanding the Opportunity Gap as an Academic Language Gap, Corwin / August 20, 2015 at 3:00 am Contributed by Debbie Zacarian

·         Do You Ask Your Students This Dangerous Back To School Question? Jennifer Davis Bowman ASCD Edge

·         Great reading strategies: ‘First lines’ for developing comprehension, Teach Me English, Posted on August 16, 2015 by Adam Simpson

·         Great reading strategies: ‘Anticipation Guides’ for developing comprehensionTeach Me English, Posted on August 3, 2015 by Adam Simpson

·          Great reading strategies: ‘Story sequencing’ for developing comprehension, Teach Me English, Posted on July 27, 2015 by Adam Simpson  

·         Great reading strategies: ‘Possible Sentences’ for dealing with important vocabulary, Teach Me English, Posted on July 22, 2015 by Adam Simpson

·         Great reading strategies: ‘Word Maps’ for dealing with important vocabulary, Teach Me English, Posted on July 13, 2015 by Adam Simpson  

·         Great reading strategies: ‘List-Group-Label’ for pre-teaching vocabulary, Teach Me English, Posted on July 7, 2015 by Adam Simpson

·         The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner SitesSeptember 19, 2011 by Larry Ferlazzo |

·         Stephen Krashen on what to do and what not to do when reading aloud,Language Magazine

·         http://susanfitzell.com/proven-tips-tools-strategies-to-teach-ell-2/ Proven Tips, Tools and Strategies To Teach English Language Learners, Part 2 by Susan Gingras Fitzell M.Ed., CSP on September 7, 2014

·         Six Things Principals Can Do To Support Their English Language LearnersBy Theresa Deussen  June 9, 2015

Academic Journal Readings

·         ENHANCING ENGLISH LEARNERS’ LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT USING WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS Belinda Louie, Jarek Sierschynski. The Reading Teacher online library

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.1376/epdf or download fromhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.2015.69.issue-1/issuetoc

·         SELECTING ACADEMIC VOCABULARY WORDS WORTH LEARNING Dianna Townsend and Darl Kiernan.  The Reading Teacher online library, download fromhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.2015.69.issue-1/issuetochttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.1374/epdf

Principal sabbatical reports

·         To find successful strategies in which to engage with Pasifika Communities and families in Intermediate schools in the belief that successful engagement and consultation with families alongside quality teaching will improve student learning’ Ian Hastie Avalon Intermediate School, Sabbatical May – August 2014

·         Carrying the Hopes and Dreams of the Families and Children of Our Pasifika Community. Cristine Hul,l View Road School Sabbatical Report Term 3 2014http://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/Leadership-development/Professional-information/Principals-sabbatical-reports/Primary-award-recipients-2014/Hull-Christine