ACAMIS English Language Learners (ELL) Conference
April 24-25, 2021
Western International School of Shanghai


Important Update - 2020 ELL Conference Cancellation,
2021 conference dates announced

Due to the extended travel and quarantine restrictions, after careful consultation with the host school, ACAMIS 2020 English Language Learners (ELL) Conference is cancelled.  

Planning will begin as soon as possible for April 24-25, 2021 at Western International School of Shanghai as many of the fundamental logistics are in place.  We are currently confirming with the keynote speakers their availability to attend and present on the new dates. Upon receipt of their confirmation, we will announce further updates on the website.  We thank you again for your understanding and patience as we are monitoring the situation closely to ensure the conference will be held at the best possible time where everyone is feeling comfortable attending.

We cannot thank more to Dr Greg Brunton, the Head of our host school, Western International School of Shanghai of his non-conditional support to ACAMIS, and also to our ELL Conference Planning Committee team who have been so creative and adaptable in working with us to carry forward this conference to next year.  We look forward to seeing you all in Shanghai in April 2021!

Thank You for the Ongoing Support!

The issues related to English Language Learning within our member schools is at the top of the list of concerns about how to integrate increasingly diverse numbers of language speakers into a curriculum based largely on English as the main language of instruction.

Be sure to take this opportunity to connect with colleagues from other schools which is an enriching benefit from these gatherings and most of all, enjoy the stimulation!

This year’s ACAMIS ELL conference is going to focus on the ideology and implications of all teachers being language teachers. We will be exploring how to overcome some of the barriers that face ELLs and how to build capacity which enable all students to feel included and empowered in order to ensure successful access to the curriculum.

Some of the following strategies and examples relevant to the theme will be shared with our peers:

  • Effective teaching strategies/methods:
    • Planning and scaffolding for ELLs
    • Utilising language targets within mainstream classes
    • Translanguaging strategies
    • Bilingual teaching strategies
    • Co-teaching strategies in mainstream classroom
  • How your school celebrates and raises awareness of multilingualism:
    • Creating symbolic and language rich environments
    • Creating a physical and cultural environment that welcome multilingualism
    • Materials used to facilitate language rich classrooms
    • Integrating technology to facilitate and enhance language acquisition
    • Powerful lessons where scaffolding and/or translanguaging was a central component
    • Student work that includes language targets, scaffolds or translanguaging
    • Building shared vision and capacity
    • How to ensure accountability to put policy into practice