As ESL Co-ordinator in a primary school, your role may include not only to teach those students from non-English speaking backgrounds but to advise your fellow teachers on how to best support ESL learners in their classrooms.
When I was ESL Advisory Teacher on the Sunshine Coast, I did a 4 day training called ESL in the Mainstream that was both up-to-date in theory and gave practical strategies that I could implement immediately into my classroom.
The aims of the program are to:
- Enhance understanding of the language-related needs of learners from non-English speaking backgrounds and of ways of meeting those needs.
- Develop an understanding of the role of language in learning, the critical role of the adult in scaffolding children’s language and the value of explicit teaching about language.
- Further develop collaborative partnerships between educators, parents and learners in early childhood settings, with a focus on maintaining and developing the child’s home language, their personal and cultural identity, and family and community cohesion.
- Increase awareness more generally in schools of the need for specialist personnel, training, programs and materials to support ESL learners.
The program is contucted by the Government of South Australia Department of Education and Children’s Services.
Courses are currently scheduled for:
- Mount Isa – 24 to 28 August 2009
- Manila, PHILIPPINES – 22 to 25 September 2009
- London, UK – 28 September to 02 October 2009
- Modena, ITALY – 5 to 9 October 2009
- Kowloon, HONG KONG – 5 to 9 October 2009
- Southport – 12 to 16 October 2009
- Brisbane – 15 to 19 November 2009
- Cairns – 30 November to 4 December 2009
Fur further details visit their website
I’ve also come across an internet source of ESL Games, Stories and Songs for 4-12 year olds. Click here to go to Teaching English Games is Fun.