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Australian International School

1 Lor Chuan

Singapore, 556818


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This interactive workshop will investigate the considerations teachers must be aware of when working with EAL learners. Language, culture, and identity will be explored in order to understand the complex profile of EAL learners in international schools today. A model for co-teaching to support EAL learners will be explored. In addition, a brief overview of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories, including the importance of a learner’s mother tongue, will be discussed. The remainder of the workshop will focus on identifying the language EAL learners need to participate in international school classrooms and how to develop this language through inquiry. Participants will examine how to best structure oral, written and visual language so that they meet the needs of EAL learners within a school’s curriculum. The presenter will provide practical strategies and suggestions on how to most effectively facilitate the language learning process for EAL learners, whilst ensuring that the content of their learning is still cognitively challenging.

Participants will:

  1. investigate the complex language profile of learners in international schools today

  2. begin to develop an understanding of the theory behind additional language learning

  3. understand the importance of a learner’s mother tongue and the impact this has on additional language acquisition

  4. discuss various models for EAL support and will understand how to implement a co-teaching model

  5. consider a range of strategies and suggestions for the learning and teaching of oral, written and visual language


This workshop is best suited to elementary homeroom teachers and/or administrators who are interested in learning how to support EAL learners in international schools. Teams (homeroom and EAL co-teachers and leadership teams) are highly encouraged to attend together.

Workshop Leader: Beth Queeney-Dressler

Beth Queeney-Dressler is the Deputy Head of Elementary/PYP Coordinator at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Beth is passionate about language teaching and learning and is excited by the new literacies that are emerging in today’s digital age. She has more than 20 years of experience as an EAL teacher/language specialist, curriculum developer, and school leader. She has worked at schools in the United States, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Ukraine, Malaysia and Australia. Beth is a member of IBEN (International Baccalaureate Educators Network), an ESL in the Mainstream trainer, and holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University. She completed COETAIL (Certificate of Educational Technologies and Information Literacy) in 2014 and tweets at @bqdressler.

Conference Schedule:
Saturday 02 March 2019

0830-0900 Welcome

0900-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two

1300-1345 Lunch (lunch provided)

1345-1545 Session three

Sunday 03 March 2019

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1230 Session two (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.

Workshop Registration Fee

Early Bird Fee: US$320.00

Registration fee after the 02 November 2018: US$350.00

Registration fee after the 02 January 2019 :US$380.00

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 02 February 2019 or earlier if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by 02 February, 2019 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 02 February, 2019 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant at any time.

Accommodation: Innovative Global Education is pleased to partner with Studio M Hotel in Singapore.

Studio M Hotel: No. 3 Nanson Road Singapore, 238910



Night of 1 March 2019 onwards: SG$170++ per room per night net rate SG$200.09.

Rates are inclusive of:

  • 1 breakfast
  • internet

  • Two way transfer from Studio M Hotel and the Australian International School, Singapore on the 02 and 03 March

Bus Departure and Pick Up Times:

Saturday 2 March 2019

8.00 am: Bus will depart from Studio M Hotel to Australian International School

4.00 pm: Bus will depart from Australian International School to Studio M Hotel

Sunday 3 March 2019

8.00 am: Bus will depart from Studio M Hotel to Australian International School

12.45 pm: Bus will depart from Australian International School to Studio M Hotel

To book this accommodation please contact Studio M Reservations Team at


When contacting them please state you are a registered participant at the Innovative Global Education Conference


The transport provided is ONLY for participants booked in at Studio M Hotel

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