Connecting Language and Literacy to Content: A Swedish Application of Australian and American Research
This workshop will focus on a promising and practical example of how content teachers and language teachers collaboratively can improve language learning and literacy development, at the same time as the students learn the content subjects. Since school success is closely linked and related to the students’ abilities to read, comprehend, write and express themselves in the language of schooling – regardless if it’s the students’ first or second languages – it’s vital to connect the literacy development instruction to the content subjects. Without this connection there is a great risk that the students won’t develop their language and literacy enough, nor will they understand or learn the content subjects to their full potential. I will point out the Australian research carried out by Jim Martin, David Rose and John Polias and I will show how I have applied their research in my work as a teacher and how I have combined their findings with the features of lesson design pointed out by the SIOP Model (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model), which was elaborated by researchers (Short, Echevarría and Vogt) at Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington D.C. In this workshop I will share the model with the audience. The model which I will present has shown to be very effective in multicultural groups. It has given the teachers a tool to make their subjects comprehensible, as well as it has motivated the students to work harder to develop their language. The model is not complicated, but yet very powerful. It has the potential of providing school success and empowerment among students in diversity. The objective of this presentation is to give the audience an effective and practical model of what teachers can do in their classrooms to close the achievement gap among students in multicultural schools. The main target group for this workshop is teachers. The presentation will be in the format of a workshop and audiovisual equipment will be used. There will also be opportunities for interaction and questions. Handouts will be distributed, as well as suggestions for practical applications of the model.
Keywords: Literacy, Language Aquisition, Learning, Teaching, Second Language Learning
The Department of Swedish as a Second Language, Vilunda Upper Secondary School