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EAL Week – Vancouver Island Region – Professional Development Event

Friday, November 24 | University of Victoria | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Celebrate EAL Week on Vancouver Island by joining us at the University of Victoria English Language Centre on Friday, November 24. Presentations will be from 1:30-2:30 pm. Snacks and coffee will be provided after the presentations and there will be a short talk about the benefits of joining BC TEAL.

The English Language Centre is located in the Continuing Studies Building at UVic. Presentations will be in Classrooms 144 and 145 (CST 144 and 145). See ‘latest updates’ for information about the presentations.

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Location: English Language Centre - Continuing Studies Building, Classrooms 144 and 145, University of Victoria
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

RSVP by contacting Vancouver Island Regional Representative, John MorganPlease RSVP by November 21.


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Gwen Nguyen
Enacting Dialogic Teaching and Learning in a Language Classroom using Haiku

In discussing social constructivism, Barnes (2008) claimed that a teacher and a learner build mutual understanding through talking with each other. Expanding this idea, Alexander (2008) introduced the term “dialogic pedagogy” or “dialogic teaching” to refer to teaching in which both teachers and students make equal contributions to classroom talk. Since then,, numerous studies have examined the rationale, possible benefits, and methods of dialogic teaching (Edwards-Grove, Anstey, & Bull, 2013; Jones & Hammond, 2016; Simpson, Mercer, & Majors, 2010). Nonetheless, dialogic teaching is not easily incorporated into the classroom despite its potential to develop understanding and enhance learners’ cognitive development (Gillies, 2016; Mercer, Dawes, & Staarman, 2009; Myhill, 2006; Simpson, 2016).

This paper presents a study designed to address this need by investigating how, using haiku in a language arts class, the teacher and learners enact dialogic teaching and learning in a language classroom. The study draws on conversational analysis (Sacks, 1992), to report on thoughts that emerge at the time as well as retrospectively when pairs of students take turns to write, to read, and to share a haiku; and to analyze how the participants engage in constructing knowledge over the topic through the process of writing haiku.
Unlike previous studies regarding dialogic teaching in which data are analysed into specific, preconceived codes (e.g., studies in which data are correlated to Alexander’s (2008) five principles of dialogic teaching), this study, reveals how participants, while writing haiku together, naturally put themselves into a sustained conversation, in which they talk and hear each other.

The presentation concludes with recommendations on how to teach haiku to learners to enhance dialogic teaching/learning in a language classroom.

Cam Culham – Using Drama in the Classroom

Cam is going to present a riveting workshop on some of the different ways drama techniques can be incorpotated in the classroom to engage language learners. This workshop will be of particular interest to those teachers who use drama in class and are looking for different ways to involve and reach students.

English Language Centre, University of Victoria, Continuing Studies Building, 3800 Finnerty Road, (Ring Road at Gabriola Road), Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

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