Plurilingualism and Vocabulary Development in Subject Specific Instruction

Course Prerequisite

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


This is the eighth 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 the research on plurilingual approaches to vocabulary development and offer a brief guide to using three approaches in classroom teaching:

1) translanguaging 

2) translation, and

3) cross-linguistic analysis 

Seminal theories on the language of schooling and academic language development are presented to draw attention to the importance of scaffolding. We conclude with a review of plurilingual scaffolding techniques that can enhance subject specific vocabulary development.

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.



This workshop seeks to:

  • Explore how translanguaging, translation, and crosslinguistic analysis can be used to support language learners' vocabulary development

  • Analyze various classroom activities that draw on translanguaging, translation, and crosslinguistic approaches

  • Review seminal theories on the language of schooling and academic language development

  • Examine different scaffolding techniques to support language learners' vocabulary development

  • Develop strategies that maximize plurilingual scaffolding in subject specific instruction



  • 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 24, 2021                                             Delivery Mode: Online                                   


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





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