More than Good Teaching: Understanding Language Acquisition for English Language Learners

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk
Date:October 29, 2021
Time:12:45 pm to 2:45 pm MDT
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-DD-FMC-SD-082
Focus: District Days Educational / Instructional Assistants English Language Learners Literacy

Target Audience

Educational Assistants

About this Learning Opportunity

With over 15% of the total number of students in Alberta identified as English language learners, there is a strong need for educators to understand the aspects of acquiring not only English but academic English as well.  

This session will walk through the influences and contributors to learning a language to help answer the question of what is involved in language acquisition. 

Participants will be encouraged to contribute their thoughts and ideas through the Zoom chat feature, breakout rooms and interactive slides.

Participants will be asked to implement a key takeaway from this session and track to measure its impact on learning.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Stephanie Dodyk is a Language Consultant with over 15 years experience in teaching and resource roles.  After completing a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature, Stephanie later went on to finish a Master of Education specializing in Teaching English as an Additional Language. In her work, Stephanie continually reflects on her journey of identity development and language learning while growing up as a second-generation Canadian and how it relates to students who are now adding English and Canada to their linguistic and cultural repertoires. She is passionate about the empowering impact language and story have on building community. Her practice focuses on embracing the rich stories students bring with them as they add English to their learning journey and empowering educational professionals to hear them.