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Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language in Kindergarten

24.4.2017

FKA Children’s Services is pleased to announce the upcoming professional learning series Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language in Kindergarten. 

This professional learning is part of a suite of support available through the Kindergarten Cultural Inclusion Program delivered by FKA Children’s Services and funded by the Department of Education and Training.

About
Developed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, early childhood development expert Dr Priscilla Clarke OAM and FKA Children’s Services, the series provides early childhood professionals with a clear understanding of the way children learn English as an additional language and how to support families raising children with multiple languages.

Originally delivered in three modules, this special two-part version has been revised specifically for early childhood professionals working in Victorian kindergartens.

Download the flyer or scroll to the bottom of the page for an overview of each session.    

Type of event
Two-part professional learning series (3 hrs per session, 6 hrs total)

Who should attend
Teachers and other early childhood professionals working in state funded Victorian kindergartens

Eligibility and cost
Free for state funded Victorian kindergartens*
*Limited to two participants per kindergarten, additional participants can be added to the waitlist

 

Schedule and bookings

Melbourne CBD (booked out)
Part 1: Tuesday 16 May
Part 2: Tuesday 30 May
10am - 1pm
 - View (booked out) Melbourne series details here. To join the waitlist, please email your name, job title, kindergarten service name and address, email and phone number to fkacs@fka.org.au

Whittlesea (booked out)
Part 1: Thursday 25 May
Part 2: Thursday 8 June
10am - 1pm
- View (booked out) Melbourne series details here. To join the waitlist, please email your name, job title, kindergarten service name and address, email and phone number to fkacs@fka.org.au

Geelong - limited places still available, book soon! 
Part 1: Tuesday 30 May
Part 2: Tuesday 13 June
1pm - 4pm 
Book online 

Ballarat - limited places still available, book soon! 
Part 1: Friday 2 June
Part 2: Friday 16 June
1pm - 4pm
Book online 

Melton (booked out)
Part 1: Tuesday 6 June
Part 2: Tuesday 20 June
10am - 1pm
- View (booked out) Melton series details here. To join the waitlist, please email your name, job title, kindergarten service name and address, email and phone number to fkacs@fka.org.au

 

Session Summaries

Part One Overview: 
Learning English as an Additional Language in Kindergarten
Explore the stages of additional language development and the role teachers have in supporting emerging English learners in kindergarten.

- Who are additional language learners?
- The importance of maintaining the first language
- Identity and self-esteem
- Factors affecting the learning of English as an additional language
- Stages of additional language development
- Oral language development
- Developing English in an inclusive environment
- The role of early childhood professionals
- Partnerships with families

Part Two Overview: 
Achieving Outcomes in English as an Additional Language in Kindergarten

Build on knowledge of the developmental stages of language acquisition and explore the implications for curriculum development and assessment for children in kindergarten.

- Stages of additional language development
- Sustained shared communication
- Achieving outcomes
- Assessing outcomes
- Rates of acquisition
- Identifying language delay

Download the flyer here

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