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A conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what literacy is and how it can best be taught in the digital media age.

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Friday, May 12 • 14:40 - 15:40
Social Platform for English Language Teaching Across the Curriculum: A Connectivist Approach to Professional Learning about Language and Literacy in International Education

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Supporting emergent bilinguals and English language learning is one of the most important constants of our work as international educators. 'We are all language teachers' will sound familiar to many. Yet, how do we sustain and differentiate professional development for English language teaching across the curriculum in international schools? How can we continue the conversation about how to support all learners who are learning on a bilingual continuum? Do traditional 'sit-and-get' models of professional development really serve this part of our work or should this be an ongoing part of educators' learning, one that is constantly explored, revisited and strengthened?

For the 2016/2017 school year the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) has opted for an in-house training model that leverages social media and documentation for learning as professional development for language teaching across the curriculum. SPELTAC, Social Platform for English Language Teaching Across the Curriculum is a model of professional learning that extends cross-curricular English language teaching practices in the context of 21st century learning. This session will explain how SPELTAC was implemented at ISPP and facilitated collaborative learning, model and enthused teachers to implement 21st century literacy practices, made visible what we needed as a school, celebrated growth and achievement and created institutional memory.

Connected learning

Many teachers report that online networking, or social media and blogging, have created an unprecedented growth in their learning. Some report that it has given them a renewed energy for their work, as they connect with and are inspired by other educators worldwide. SPELTAC is an opportunity to experience what it is to be a connected learner and join a community of educators learning about an important aspect of international education.

What will participants gain?

Learning through blogging provides teachers with a forum to try out strategies for English language learners, to improve them, and to reflect on how they support language and literacy learning.  Through purposeful documentation of and reflection on the process of teaching and learning on blogs, a school can collaboratively make the classroom reality more visible, and from this understandings can be formed and ideas can be generated to improve student learning. Participants can use the SPELTAC website to get ideas for their own teaching practice from other teacher blogs, or if they are interested in delving deeper, follow the seven online courses offered and be active participants of the SPELTAC community themselves.  Administrators can see how SPELTAC has the potential to be a catalyst for change and sustainable professional learning.


Participants will explore the SPELTAC website and the course material provided. By viewing documentation of learning that has taken place in other international schools and at ISPP, participants will be asked to reflect on how this model could improve student learning and how as a global community of international educators we can improve language learning practices for our unique learners.  

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Marcelle Houterman

EAL Specialist, International School Phnom Penh
EAL SpecialistInternational School Phnom Penh

Friday May 12, 2017 14:40 - 15:40
Classroom 409 High School and Administration Block, Level 4

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