Plurilingualism in for Young Learners (K-3)

Course Prerequisite

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


This is the tenth 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 look at pedagogical principles and practices to develop plurilingualism in
childhood language learning including descriptors of professional competences for childhood educators and didactic resources to inspire language learning, language awareness, and intercultural 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 4 Brighstpace



This workshop seeks to:

  • Examine the importance of inspiring language learning in the early years

  • Analyze plurilingual activities for young learners (multilingual story telling)

  • Introduce principles of teaching young plurilingual learners

  • Identify and self-assess professional competencies for integrating plurilingualism in the classroom

  • Adapt plurilingual lessons and activities for young learners to specific classroom contexts



  • 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.





December 1, 2021                                               Delivery Mode: Online                                   


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





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