One of the most effective language-in-education programs is ‘immersion,’ a program or method of learning in a second language by being taught almost entirely in that language. Its opposite ‘submersion’ refers to a program or method where by language learners are left to ‘sink or swim.’ With the continued demographic changes in international schools (i.e., more multilingual learners), educators face a watershed moment as they decide which directions to take.
There are four synchronous sessions of 2 hours each.
  1. Participants will develop a professional knowledge base on issues related to second - language learning environments for multilingual learners (i.e., EAL principles, programs, andpractices);
  2. Participants will understand basic principles of second language acquisition and bilingualism (multilingualism) in order to discover asset-based instructional strategies for leveraging multilingual learners' primary languages, cultural assets, and prior knowledge;
  3. Participants will focus on using a CLIL approach (i.e., content and language integrated learning) to collaboratively plan, implement and assess instruction for content achievement and academic language proficiency simultaneously;
  4. Participants will gather instructional models and tools so that multilingual learners ‘access, engage with, and express’ grade-level information (i.e., not resorting to past instructional approaches such as modifications, interventions, remediation, accommodations, or simplification).
Participants will connect through the ZOOM meetings platform. They will need a laptop, headphones / earbuds and a quiet space to be during the synchronous sessions. All participants will be issued with a link to the course that will not be shareable with others. Participants will agree to use the video and sound function to enable full participation. The workshop will not be recorded. Customized resource materials will be made available to participants, and responses to weekly questions will be provided.
Pre K-12 EAL teachers and school leaders interested in advocating and improving learning in a school with majority multilingual populations
Dr. Rojas conducted professional development sessions, job-embedded coaching, and language-in-education program audits in over 350 international schools before ‘semi-retiring’ to live in Mexico in December 2020 where she teaches neighborhood children and adults to read in Spanish and English.

Dr. Rojas currently teaches the EAL certification program in partnership with the Teacher’s Training Center (https://www.theptc.org/eal-training-center). She was also a faculty member for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Before working internationally, Dr. Rojas was a bilingual teacher in New Jersey and New York, the Director of the Office of Bilingual Education for the New Jersey State Department of Higher Education, and one of the founders of the EAL international certification program for The College of New Jersey. She was inducted into the AAIE (Association for Advancement of International Education) Hall of Fame in February 2016.

19th, 26th January & 4th and 8th February 2023

Each session is for 2 hours
New York 5:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 am | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm
Melbourne 9:00 pm

Note:This workshop will be not recorded

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USD 400
USD 375 for a group of 8
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development hours.
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