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The MIC Teaching for Inclusion Seminar Series

Aim:

The aim of the ‘MIC Teaching for Inclusion Seminar Series’ is support and share knowledge with the wider teaching community to help with opportunities to support an ethos and practice diversity, inclusion and integration in the classroom and schools.

The ‘MIC Teaching for Inclusion Seminar Series’ will be hosted by MIC on a biweekly basis offered through MS Teams with dates to be confirmed.  They will be recorded and placed online on the MIC website.

Webinars:

Title

Starting from where the child is at: Insights and Strategies from the TEAL Project, Limerick 

Presenter

Dr Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland, TEAL

Date & Time

18th October 2022 @7pm

Description

With over 200 languages spoken in Ireland (NCCA, 2015) and rising numbers of newcomer international students, there is an urgent need to ‘start from where the child is at’ in accommodating the diverse language and literacy needs of children with English as an additional language (EAL) in primary and post-primary school classrooms. Drawing on research-based evidence (Kirwin and Little, 2020; Gardiner-Hyland, 2021) and the experiences of one Limerick-based community of practice (CoP): ‘The ‘TEAL Project’ (a collaboration between the ‘OSCAILT Schools Network’ and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), this lecture outlines authentic insights and strategies of primary and post-primary teachers in dealing with learners with English as an additional language (EAL), particularly at the beginning stage of their language learning. Using visual examples, it draws on language and literacy practices that reach into, out from and across schools within the TEAL project, to support the teaching of EAL learners and their families. Its culturally and linguistically responsive collaborative, holistic approach could potential to be replicated in other locations across the country.

What will participants learn?

  1. Identify with and understand the complexities of the role of the primary teacher in supporting EAL learners in Irish schools, at a time of significant demographic, curricular and policy reform in Irish primary education.
  2. Recognize that we ‘start from where the child is at’ and identify initial strategies toward becoming a school of sanctuary.
  3. Reflect on own experiences as a language learner and teacher of languages.
  4. Become familiar with where to access multilingual resources.
  5. Recognise the importance of local communities of practice for supporting teachers of EAL learners.
  6. Take action now, using the ‘Strategies Checklist for Teaching with a Multilingual, Multi-literate and Multicultural lens’

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Title

Universal Design for Learning: Designing flexible inclusive learning environments for ALL learners

Presenter

Jean Reale, LEAD

Date & Time

15th November 2022 @7pm

Description

By using the UDL framework educators can accept learner variability as a strength to be leveraged, not a challenge to be overcome. (Rose & Meyer, 2002).  

In this session we will explore everyday technologies through the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens to unlock their assistive technology potential. This practical session will support teachers in identifying language supports for ESL students to create fully inclusive environments.

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Title

Re-telling Red Riding Hood around the world: Exploring European and global perspectives in the intercultural classroom.

Presenter

Dr Sabine Egger, Department of German Studies, MIC/ICTS

Date & Time

29th November 2022 @7pm

Description

This lecture introduces practising and future teachers toexamples of international fairy tales and their adaptations in visual media in different cultural contexts. It explores their potential as a pedagogical tool in the primary and secondary classroom. The narratives discussed can help learners to develop their intercultural and language awareness, but also to deal with traumatic experiences. These aims are becoming more and more important in intercultural and multilingual classrooms in today’s Ireland. (“Intercultural” is used in a wider sense here, applying recent approaches based on new research onalterity and transculturalism.)

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Title

Discussing migration in Irish classrooms: Strategies and resources for exploring migration with pupils

Presenter

Dr Brighid Golden  Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education (LSRE), MIC

Date & Time

13th December 2022 @7pm

Description

This lecture draws on teaching resources written by Dr Brighid Golden which support teachers to explore the topic of migration with pupils in response to evolving global contexts. Resources used include 'Journeys: A Teacher's Handbook Exploring Migration and Migrant Rights in the Primary Classroom' available in both English and Irish and published by the MIC CDU in conjunction with the DICE Project and Doras Luimní, along with 'Forced to Flee: Why Should I Care About Migration and Refugees?' published by Trócaire. Both teaching resources take a thematic approach to teaching about the topic of migration and include a variety of activities and approaches to support pupils from infants to junior secondary. Activities within the resources are designed to be flexible and adaptable in response to evolving global circumstances, this lecture will highlight strategies for adapting activities in response to both global and classroom contexts.

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