In this presentation, presenters from Lexis Education will explore ways of speeding up our EAL students’ learning of English and learning in English through a focus on how languages work to make meaning. This approach draws on a metalanguage (a language for talking about language) for English, which can be equally drawn on to contrast how the students’ additional (or other or primary) languages share similarities or differences with English.
The presentation will include two very different contexts, a new arrivals classroom and an Italian language classroom, where developing such a meta understanding has been a powerful tool in helping students understand how languages work to make meaning.
Imogen Lazarus: Imogen Lazarus is an English and Italian teacher specialising in literacy pedagogies, including Systemic Functional Linguistics, discipline-specific literacies, and multiliteracies.
Brian Dare: Brian Dare is an international consultant in language and literacy. In recent years, Brian has been working as a mentor in a number of secondary schools seeking to improve educational outcomes for their students. In this role, he has delivered a range of professional development sessions focusing on the role of language in teaching and learning across the various learning areas including English, History, Science, Art, Italian and Mathematics
Payal Yadav is a PLC Leader at Noble Park English Language School and ‘How Language Works’ Tutor specialising in EAL strategies and incorporating systemic functional grammar in primary EAL classes.