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Masterclass series 2021 – Multilingual School Libraries: Why and How?

  • 16 Sep 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online


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This masterclass will engage with ideas around why school libraries need to support their multilingual students, what that means in relation to their educational needs and consider examples of best practice, collection development and resources.

Featuring -

Shem Macdonald, lecturer in languages and education at La Trobe University in Melbourne and current President of VicTESOL the professional association for teachers of EAL in Victoria.

In this session we will explore understandings of plurilingualism and multilingualism as they relate to learning in school contexts and in light of how these ideas appear in the Victorian F-10 Curriculum. How do we view the presence of languages other than English and what does that mean for the ways teachers teach and the ways learners learn? We will consider what this all might mean for librarians and others working in and using school libraries, including those developing collections, selecting resources, and disseminating information about these collections and resources to teachers and learners.

And these presentations -

Developing Diversity - Karys McEwen, Library Manager at both Prahran and Richmond High School.

Inclusion and Context - Maura WilsonLibrary Resource Manager at Gleneagles Secondary College.

Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre - Jenny Peck Librarian

Taking a look at Picture Books Translated into English- Margot Lindgren, IBBY

Perspectives (and Thoughts) from an EAL Educator -Suveshan Sathurayar


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