Plurilingual approaches to ELT

Course Prerequisites

This workshop is mandatory in order to register for the 9 following workshops. 


This is the first workshop in a professional development series for language educators on Plurilingualism as a theoretical and practitioner-driven approach to supporting learners from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In this workshop, we present an overview of plurilingual approaches to language education by discussing:

1) how plurilingualism is different from dominant or unilingual approaches

2) what a plurilingual approach can include; and

3) how a plurilingual approach can enhance classroom language learning.


Topic Relevance

  • Educators that teach English (or other languages) as a second language and are looking for pedagogic
    strategies to enhance individual students proficiency and academic achievement but also want to support the
    development of home languages and cultural identity.

  • Educators that work with English language learners and are interested in promoting linguistic diversity and
    whole language development but are unfamiliar with pedagogic approaches that can enhance all students’
    language awareness and inter-cultural competence.

  • Educators that are looking to create more inclusive classrooms to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity
    of the community but don't have knowledge on plurilingual principles for curricular integration and design
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  • To recognize how plurilingual approaches to language teaching can promote langauge awareness, foster
    inter-cultural learning, and support learners' linguistic and academic development;

  • To develop familiarity with plurilingualism as a theory of language use, learning, and teaching

  • To appreciate how theories of language learning impact language pedagogy and practices

  • To discover how plurilingual pedagogies can be implemented into language classrooms and classrooms with
    language learners



  • TESOL AND SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATORS (and educators who work with language learners)


Delivery Mode


  • This workshop will take place virtually.



Gene Vasilopoulos has a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. She has been teaching English in Canada and abroad for over 15 years. More recently, her professional focus has shifted to language teacher education, professional development for pre-service and in-service language teachers, and the integration of technology in language teaching. Her research interests include e-pedagogy, language teaching methods, and critical applied linguistics. Most recently, her work has appeared in E-Learning and Digital Media, the Canadian Modern Language Review and TESL-EJ.





November 1, 2021                                             Delivery Mode: Online                                   


18:00 - 21:00  (EDT)                                           Fee $400.00                                                                                                                    





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