Diving into Creating an Inclusive, Language-Rich Environment

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk
Date:September 01, 2021
Time:9:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-DD-LW-SD-001
Focus: District Days English Language Learners

Target Audience


About this Learning Opportunity

The language enviroment is a univeral influence on second language acquisition.  This influence considers the context in which the learner accesses (both respectively and productively) the target language and the ways in which the language is used within those contexts.

This session will look at strategies central to creating the physical and cognitive spaces that make up a language-rich environment, and how the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks can be used to inform instruction.  The approaches and frameworks shared can be implemented by content area teachers across the secondary grade levels, and are not desinged specifically for linguistically and culturally diverse learners.  Instead, these approaches will benefit all learners as they develop their academic language proficiency, of which students who are adding English to their linguistic repertoire will benefit.

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community
  • #6: Providing Instructional Leadership
  • #7: Developing Leadership Capacity

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.