Tell Me Your Story: Supporting EAL/D students in language and literacy development

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Overview

The focus of this one day course presented by Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge is to develop understandings and strategies for participants who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms.

Practical strategies will be provided to foster the use of English language while encouraging students to use all the linguistic resources that they bring to school, including the use of their first language. Consideration will be given to the wellbeing framework and supporting students in an inclusive environment which honours and confirms their identity, language, and culture.

Participants will:

  • Extend their knowledge, skills and understanding in the development of oral language with
    links to the mode continuum to support English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
    students.
  • Explore the relationship between spoken and written language through unpacking lexical
    density and grammatical intricacy
  • Engage in activities to expand their strategies to develop a reading sequence with
    consideration of Field, Tenor and Mode, vocabulary and language features
  • Engage in activities showcasing strategies in developing a ‘tanslanguaging space’ to support
    literacy.
  • Extend their understanding on the role of joint construction in the teaching and learning cycle.

20 August 2024 at AEU ACT Branch, Level 1/71 Leichhardt St, Kingston ACT 2604

Completing Tell Me Your Story: Supporting EAL/D students in language and literacy development will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 1.3.2, 2.5.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

$220

Joanne Rossbridge is an independent language and literacy consultant working in both primary and secondary schools and with teachers across Australia. She has worked as a classroom teacher and literacy consultant with the DET (NSW). Her expertise and much of her experience is in working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Joanne is particularly interested in student and teacher talk and how talk about language can assist the development of language and literacy.

Kathy Rushton is interested in the development of language and literacy especially in disadvantaged communities. She has worked as a classroom teacher and literacy consultant and provides professional learning for teachers in the areas of language and literacy development. Her current research projects include a study of multilingual pre-service teachers and the impact that teacher professional learning has on the development of a creative pedagogical stance which supports translanguaging and student identity and wellbeing.

Primary and Secondary teachers who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms.