|Date:||November 24, 2022|
|Time:||3:45 pm to 5:30 pm MTN|
|Focus:||English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature|
Teachers, School-based Administrators, Support Staff, Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, District Leaders/Consultants
About this Learning Opportunity
Language learning is not just about learning vocabulary words and grammar, but knowing and using the nuances of spoken and written communication effectively in a wide variety of ways. In linguistics, discourse refers to a unit of language longer than a single sentence, but can look and sound different depending on the background and experiences of the person producing spoken language or written text. Multilingual students may make great gains initially in discourse, but seem to struggle when faced with academic discourse.
This session will look at what discourse is and areas where scaffolding can be used to support linguistically and culturally diverse students as they work towards becoming proficient in the language of school. Researched based strategies will be shared that participants can put into practice for their next lesson.
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
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.
Areas of Expertise:
AB K-12 Proficiency Benchmarks
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Plurilingual Pedagogical Approaches
Second Language Acquisition
Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP Model)
UBD and UDL Frameworks
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... Read more »