Demystifying EAL for Mainstream (non-EAL) Teachers

Presented by: Rowena Bata

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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For many mainstream teachers who have no specialist training, catering to the needs of EAL (English as an Additional Language) and CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) students is a challenge. What exactly do these students need? What can I do to help them? Don’t EAL students just need extra time to complete tasks? What are they doing in their English classes?

This workshop will provide a brief overview of how additional languages are learned and participants will spend time looking at school through the eyes of an EAL student. They will learn techniques used by EAL teachers and look at how they can incorporate these into their current practices. In addition, participants will explore practical ways they can use technology to make their subject more accessible for EAL students.

This is a hands-on workshop, designed for teachers who have no EAL training. Participants need to bring a laptop to participate fully in the session. They will come away with a host of new ideas to use in their classroom.

Event Details:


Friday 10th May, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Karstens Conference Centre
123 Queen Street, Melbourne 

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Target Audience: All Mainstream (Non-EAL) Teachers

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter

Rowena Bata has been a Languages teacher for 25 years and she has worked at schools in Victoria as well as in France, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. She has held various positions of leadership and has taught students of all ages, from Prep to adult. Rowena holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics and she is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She is interested in bridging the gap between second language acquisition theory and what happens in a classroom, and she has a particular focus on the role that technology can play in the language learning process. Rowena has a wealth of experience that she brings to her presentations and her workshops are always practical and full of ideas for teachers to take away and use in their class immediately.

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