Plurilingualism and “Pluriliteracies” for Deeper Learning

Course Prerequisite

Workshop #1:Plurilingual Approaches to ELT is mandatory in order to register for this workshop. 


This is the ninth 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 examine how purposeful use of plurilingual approaches to literacies  ("pluriliteracies") can be used to support literacy development through a brief review of practitioner grounded empirical research. Application of "pluriliteracies" techniques to activate learners' prior knowledge and enhance transfer will be discussed. 


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
    4 Brighstpace.



This workshop seeks to:

  • To introduce the concept of "pluriliteracies" for deeper learning in the language and subject specific classroom

  • To examine how "pluriliteracies" can support learning across the curriculum

  • To identify how "languaging" and Cognitive Discourse Functions can be integrated into instructional materials
    to enhance deeper learning

  • To analyze lesson plans for "pluriliteracies" for deeper learning

  • To identify and address challenges to implementing a "pluriliteracies" approach in classroom teaching



  • 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 29, 2021                                             Delivery Mode: Online                                   


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





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