The integration of language and content is considered to be essential for effective immersion pedagogy and yet continues to prove challenging for immersion teachers, particularly at the middle and high school levels. The purpose of this institute is to engage teachers in reflection on the challenges that hinder an integrated approach and on feasible ways of overcoming them. Specifically, the institute is designed for pairs of immersion teachers from middle or high schools who teach the same group of students, with at least one partner teaching immersion language arts and the other a content area through the immersion language.
Participants will have the opportunity to become more familiar with their partner's curriculum and to identify connections and overlaps in ways that will facilitate collaborative efforts to create coherence across the curriculum. Models of teacher collaboration will be explored to guide partner teachers in co-designing integrated units that begin in one class and continue in the other with the dual goal of improving students' academic language abilities and strengthening their ability to process curricular content at increasingly challenging levels.
Important note: Teachers must register in pairs.
Presenter: Roy Lyster is professor of Second Language Education at McGill University in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics as well as a B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from the Université de Paris VII. He is author of Learning and Teaching Languages Through Content: A Counterbalanced Approach, published by Benjamins in 2007.
Find out more about this unique opportunity on the Teacher Collaboration summer institute web page: http://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2016/collaboration.html