Learning Opportunity

Discourse: What is it and why is it important for language learning?

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Webinar will be recorded
Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk
Date:November 24, 2022
Time:3:45 pm to 5:30 pm MTN
$20.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 23-LL-088
Focus: English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature

Target Audience

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

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 »