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Professional Learning for Teachers

When teachers learn......students learn.....

Walk-the-Talk Consultancy provides Professional Learning opportunities for teachers of EAL/D students.

In addition to email and blog queries, face-to-face PL is available.

For personal professional reading, these sites have rich material to enhance your skills and knowledge in this field...

Registered users may be interested in these resources.



Position Statement on Language and Literacy Development for Young English Language Learners


This reading from the International TESOL Association will stimulate some discussion on the Language vs Literacy debate for young EAL/D learners, especially those who come to school speaking no/limited English.

A good reading for school discussion groups, especially those with bilingual programs.

Other schools will also have access to adult speakers of the students' home languages.

How can the school engage these home language speakers in the students' school education?

Language Learning

Second language learning and home language

Acknowledging and incprporating the use of Home Language enhances the learning of an additional language. Jim Cummins is a well known academic in this area and writes on this topic. In all classrooms there will be students with a home language other than English. These students' facility with Standard Australian English (SAE) will vary, however, all bilingual or multilingual students' learning will be enhanced by the acknowledgement of and access to learning through their home language as they learn English. In multilingual classes (including those with monolingual English language speakers, all students will benefit by exposure to the other languages spoken by their peers.

Reading: pdfValue of L1 literacy in acheiving L2 literacy

Reading: pdfBICS and CALP explained 2

The Bilingual Brain an audio file available as a podcast from www.abc.net.au, is a delightful insight into the thinking of bilingual/multilingual children and the facts of multilingualism in Australia.

Teaching The Elements of Language

You will find here a downloadable version of a scope and sequence for teaching the SOUNDS of Standard Australian English (that is the LISTENING AND PRONUNCIATION exercises in WTT, or to include in your general lesson plans in any curriculum area) . This scope and sequence example is based on the familiar and unfamiliar sounds of students who speak TIWI as a first language. You may be able to research the sound system of the home language(s) of your students to create a similar scope and sequence. This scope and sequence will act as a guide in this process. Please note that this is still in production (from Year 7 onwards).

pdfTeaching the sounds of English - draft March 08

The following article by Helen Fraser explains some of the implications of teaching Pronunciation to learners of English as an additional Language.

pdfPronunciation - paper by Helen Fraser

Strategies that facilitate Second Language Development

The following two artilces are useful for Professional Development/Learning Together Sessions at your school (times when teachers and other classroom personnel get together to learn more about teaching).

pdfLearning Together 3 Effective Language Practices for bilingual learners

pdfLearning Together 4 Oslo paperGenres and Indigenous learners

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Membership to Walk-the-Talk Teaching provides you with access to on-line resources, professional learning information, teaching strategies, readings, other practical ideas and theoretical knowledge for teaching EAL/D students.

This site is responsive to your teaching needs.

I welcome you and look forward to professional exchanges and discussions in the field of teaching bilingual and multilingual learners. Did you know that monolinguals are now a minority group in the world's populations?

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