Key Principles for Responsive English Language
Learner (ELL) Instruction: EAL and Classroom
Teachers Sharing Responsibility
By Dr. Virginia Pauline Rojas

29th - 30th April 2019, Seoul
As the demography of international schools continues to change with the result that every classroom has more English learners than ever before, it is necessary to turn the often-heard mantra, 'every teacher is a language teacher' into classroom practice. These immersion classrooms differ from past practices and as such require EAL- responsive and collaborative 'growth mindsets' not just among EAL teachers but among all teachers.
The outcomes of this institute experience are to:
Participants will:
  • Develop a professional knowledge base on issues related to immersion for English learners and how it differs from inclusion for Learning Support students;
  • Focus on developing academic English-language proficiency;
  • Develop an understanding of bilingualism (multilingualism) in order to build an asset-based instructional repertoire for leveraging English learners' primary languages, cultural assets, and prior knowledge;
  • Develop an understanding of how classroom teachers and EAL specialists can seamlessly collaborate to plan, teach, assess, and reflect using the 'content and language integrated learning' (CLIL) approach;
  • Cultivate a 'differentiation plus mindset' not as events but as a way of daily classroom life;
  • Cultivate an 'instructional scaffolding up mindset;' and
  • Cultivate a 'student-driven language-growth assessment mindset' using 'language performance' descriptors to understand the progressive stages of second language acquisition as they relate to classroom-based assessment tasks.
Potential Audience:
Pre-K through Grade 12 classroom teachers.
Trainer’s Profile:
Dr. Rojas conducts professional training on effective programs and strategies for English learners from pre-school through grade 12 for ESL (EAL) and classroom teachers. She has worked with over 300 international schools on language education policies, programs, and instructional practices. Dr. Rojas specializes in developing academic English as an Additional Language (EAL) and in providing access for English learners through teacher collaboration and effective instructional practices for teaching English learners in mainstream classrooms. She provides professional development sessions, job-embedded coaching, demonstration lessons, and conducts linguistic audits of ESL/ EAL programs.

Dr. Rojas is a faculty member and author with ASCD ( and partners with the Teacher's Training Center ( to offer an EAL certification for international-school teachers.

Dr. Rojas was inducted into the AAIE (Association for Advancement of International Education) in February 2016 and is semi-retired as of 2017. She will continue to work with the TTC EAL certificate on a part-time basis, provide professional development with organizations, and has agreed to coach selected schools with their EAL journeys.
  USD - 700/- Early Bird Offer till 1st December, 2018
  USD - 750/- Closing Date 1st March, 2019
  Seoul Foreign School
39 Yeonhui Ro, 22 gil,
Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea 03723
  8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Registration at 8.00 am on the 29th April 2019.
  Shonal Agarwal

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