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British School Muscat المدرسة البريطانية

Muscat, Muscat Governorate 112

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Programme Overview.

The global community is ever expanding therefore our daily interactions and communications stretch far and wide. Teaching is continuously evolving on a global scale, which means children need to be equipped with strong communication and language skills, in order to access the vast world they are living in.

This course will explore bilingual and multilingual children’s needs, the importance of communication skills, and equip you and the communities supporting our children, the next generation, with some strategies for doing so.

Teaching in an increasingly international world expands the opportunities for the children we teach and allows them access to the world we live in. This course will give you an introduction to the importance of acknowledging bilingual and multilingual children and their learning needs, a chance to develop your knowledge on the importance of early communication and talk and provide you with some practical strategies for promoting communication and language in both the classroom and at home, in order to best support the children you teach.

Who should attend?

The Talking Families for Practioners course is meant as an introduction to: teaching bilingual children, the importance of communication and to provide effective strategies for the classroom to support communication and language acquisition. It is therefore suitable for those practioners working with bilingual children, teachers in international settings and Early Years professionals for whom communication is a key element in the curriculum.

By the end of the course practioners will:

    • Understand the importance of the first language
    • Understand the importance of talk and communication
    • Have developed a bank of practical activities that can be used in the classroom to support language acquisition and communication.
    • Have developed an understanding of the parents role in communication and language development.
    • Have thought about ways to encourage, engage and involve parents' in their child’s language learning and communication skills.

Methodology.

This two day course will be practical and practioners will take an active role in activities and discussions throughout. Practioners will be encouraged to share their experiences, as well as reflect on their own practice and setting. Through taking a 'hands on' approach we will endeavour to make your experience practical for your everyday teaching.


Dates and Timings

Day 1 Monday 5 March 9-12:30

Day 2 Monday 12 March 9-12:30

Cost

20 Omani Rial Registration Fee

You will be sent an invoice upon sign up, payable vis BSM Accounts office.

Course Materials

All resources and handouts will be available for practioners in both hard and soft copy.

Unit Breakdown Day 1: Monday 5th March 2018 9 -12:30

Themes covered:

    • The importance of the first language
    • The importance of talk and communication
    • Developing communication – practical activities


The importance of the first language

- The bilingual brain and the benefits of being bilingual

- The relationship between language and culture

- Promoting bilingualism in school


The importance of talk and communication

- The importance of early talk

- The impact of poor communication skills

- Importance of talk and communication skills in 21st Century employment

- When should we talk to children?

- Language Functions


Developing communication –practical activities

- Language structures

- EAL Toolkit – activities



Unit Breakdown Day 2: Monday 12th March 2018 9-12:30

Themes covered:

    • Talking Partners: activities to develop communication skills
    • Talking Families: involving parents
    • Review and Feedback: the importance of communication


Talking Partners: activities to develop communication skills

- Speaking and listening conventions

- Barrier games

- Narrative/non-narrative activities


Talking Families: involving parents

- Engaging parents in talk

- Book based activities

- Creating and using: Heritage baskets and story sacks


Review and Feedback: the importance of communication

- Review of the key messages

- Action planning and next steps

- Feedback



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