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LEARNING THROUGH LANGUAGE

THE CHANGING ROLE OF TEACHERS

When
3-4 March 2017
Starts at 15:00 h
Where
St. Peter's School
Barcelona, SPAIN

About the conference

The changing role of teachers


Linguistic diversity in the classroom is a reality for many teachers in a variety of settings. How to address the issues that arise depends largely upon the skills and expertise of the professionals who are engaged in day-to-day practice. The attitudes and approaches which underlie their practice are fundamental to the development and success of learning experiences.

Within a complex global society, traditional views on language teaching are under review at all levels of the educational establishment. Choice of languages, their variants and domains, point of introduction and time allocation are constantly subject to revision. When additional languages are the medium through which learning takes place, the issues are even more acute. Meanwhile, teachers face the challenges presented by the reality of the linguistic backgrounds of their students and aim to create realistic expectations of what can be achieved.

During the conference we will be focusing on the following areas:

How do we deal with linguistic diversity? Can a challenge become a resource? How can we create relevant educational experiences for an increasingly multi-modal environment? To what extent are different modes of communication, including visual, gestural, digital incorporated into traditional alphabetical/oral texts? How can mathematical or musical language enhance communicative experiences? Which approaches to teaching optimize use of both academic and social language acquisition? What are the effects on the role of the teacher? Who is the teacher? How can we best serve the teaching profession through initial training and continuing professional development?

Schedule


Welcoming session, by Richard Rooze, Carme Escorcia, Xavier Juan

  3:30 p.m.
  Auditorium
Richard Rooze is the director at British Council in Barcelona. Carme Escorcia is the University Programme Coordinator at St. Peter’s School and Director of Communications. Xavier Juan is the Science Vocal at Col·legi de Doctors i Llicenciats en Filosofia i Lletres i en Ciències de Catalunya.
M. GONZÁLEZ - O. ESTEVE
M. GONZÁLEZ - O. ESTEVE
FPCEE Blanquerna - U.P.F.

Opening lecture: THE INTEGRATED PLURILINGUAL APPROACH: LEARNING LANGUAGES THROUGH LANGUAGES, by Olga Esteve and María González-Davies

  4:00 p.m.
  Auditorium
Linguistic diversity is the rule rather than the exception in our globalised world. This situation poses challenges as well as opportunities to develop our students’ plurilingual and intercultural competence. Recent research and observation of good practices point to the fact that, by integrating the students’ existing linguistic repertoire in informed and visible ways across languages, an operative pedagogical framework emerges to encourage the transfer of both conceptual and linguistic knowledge that students already possess to access meaning in new languages that they may add to their repertoire.
WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS

Six parallel workshops

  5:15-6:30 p.m.
  Rooms 1-6
There will be two rounds of workshops held by teachers from St. Peter’s School. The teachers will be explaining their experiences in Learning Through Language
JANE MITCHELL-SMITH
JANE MITCHELL-SMITH
St. Peter's School

Inhabiting the space between: The benefits and challenges of developing cross-linguistic awareness in multilingual classroom environments, by Jane Mitchell-Smith

  6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
  Auditorium
The simultaneous use of many languages side by side challenges many conceptions about how language is acquired and used. This is particularly apparent in school contexts which are increasingly multilingual. By observing and listening to young children as they begin to explore their own linguistic backgrounds a complex reality becomes apparent in which multiple codes […]
SINEAD MC LOUGHIN
St Peter's School

Project Based Learning, by Sinead Mc Loughin

  5:15-6:30 p.m.
  Room 1
The workshop will explore the how a cross-curricular approach to teaching is applied within our school and provide examples of how topics are planned out. It will also aim to demonstrate how project-base learning allows teachers to include hands-on, fun activities which the children enjoy and can engage in, in a meaningful way. We will also reflect upon […]
Catherine Delaney
Catherine Delaney
St Peter's School

Maths challenge, by Catherine Delaney

  5:15-6:30 p.m.
  Room 2
Maths and science can be invaluable opportunities to excite interest in pupils; to motivate them to want to engage with concepts and to communicate with others about their ideas. As such, subject specific learning gives students the chance to be immersed in language in a natural, useful and contextualised way that expands and consolidates their […]
SCOTT SANTOS
St. Peter's School

Teach less, learn more, by Scott Santos

  5:15-6:30 p.m.
  Room 3
It is a call for educators to instruct better, engage students and prepare them for life rather than teach to tests and evaluations. This approach creates richer interactions between teacher and pupil by striving to teach the learner for understanding, excite passion and for the test of life. Engaged learning, differentiated teaching, guiding, facilitating, modelling […]
Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Williams
Vicens Vives

Food for talk. The use of authentic audio-visual. Resources in ELT, by Stephanie Williams, Vicens Vives

  5:15-6:30 p.m.
  Room 5
Do you find it a challenge to get your students to speak in English? This session will explore methods for getting students to speak in the classroom. These include effective warmers, CLIL activities, and activities that will engage and entertain students regardless of their age or level. Stephanie Williams is an ELT Consultant and Teacher […]
WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS

Workshops

  9:00 a.m.
  Rooms 1-6
Second round of workshops held by teachers from St. Peter’s School. The teachers will be explaining their experiences in Learning Through Language. Attendants have to choose one of the six held on Saturday according to their interests.
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION

LTL, the changing role of teachers

  12:30 a.m
  Auditorium
Dr. Cristina Escobar – Language and Literature Didactics Department, UAB. Dr. Ferran Pons – Basic Psychology Department, University of Barcelona. Ferran Pons received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Barcelona in 2004. After 3 years of post-doctoral training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), he was appointed as Associate Professor at […]

Lunch

  2:00 p.m.
  Dining room
FERRAN PONS
FERRAN PONS
University of Barcelona

Language Acquisition & Multilingualism, by Ferran Pons, UB

  3:30 p.m.
  Auditorium
The aim of my talk is to present the latest and more relevant findings on research on language and multilingual acquisition / learning. Although research can be a powerful tool to improve practice, there is a gap between the ‘real world’ and the scientific field: While sometimes the scientific field hardly responds to the questions […]
JENNY SHAW
JENNY SHAW
St. Peter's School

Music and language, by Jenny Shaw

  9:00 a.m.
  Room 3
The use of music to enhance learning and understanding  in preschool classes and to help to develop use of language (in our case English).
Joanna Gore
Joanna Gore
British Council Barcelona

CLIL: Principles into practice, BY JOANNA GORE

  9:00 a.m.
  Room 4
Jo Gore is teacher, teacher trainer and materials-writer whose special interests include teaching teenagers, humanistic and meaning-driven approaches to language teaching, and CLIL. She coordinates young learner classes at the British Council Barcelona Amigó and works as a coordinator for the British Council’s LearnEnglish Teens website.  
Brian Engquist
Brian Engquist
Pearson Education

Empowering students with short video, by Brian Engquist, Pearson Education

  9:00 a.m.
  Room 5
Empowering students with short video Most of the videos that our students consume today are short, authentic, online videos that can be easily viewed on their mobile devices. This popular format offers a range of benefits for them as learners of English. In this session, we will explore the benefits of short video and outline […]

REGISTRATIONS,
LANGUAGE
AND CREDITS

Individual registration: clic on CLCAT

Group Registration: please send us an email to matricula@cdl.cat or ltlcongress@stpeters.es

LANGUAGE

The conference language will be English. The event is aimed at professionals working within multilingual school environments, students, teachers and researchers.

RECOGNISED CREDITS

This activity is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education. Recognized credits: 10 hours. All the participants will be given an attendance certificate.

Event price list


Conference
fee

105

CICAE, Col·legiat or Col adherit CLCAT

80

Degree or Master student

50

St. Peter's former pupils

Free

Venue location

C/Eduard Toldrà, 18    08034-Barcelona


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Contact us


+34 93 204 36 12
St Peter's School, Barcelona, Spain
  • DATE

    March 3-4, 2017
  • LOCATION

    St. Peter's School, BCN
  • REMAINING

    105/125 Tickets
  • SPEAKERS

    more than 20 Speakers