Collaboration: ELL and Mainstream teachers working together to support language development

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Keynote Speakers

Tan Huynh

Tan Huynh, Vientiane International School

Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) is a secondary English teacher specializing in English language acquisition. Tan is currently at Vientiane International School, an IB World School, in Vientiane, Laos. In August 2018, he will be moving to Ho Chi Minh City where he will be joining the elementary school at Saigon South International School. He blogs at in order to share research-based strategies that help all educators become teachers of language. His work has been featured on Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week blog and in Globally Informed. Tan has also provided professional development training at such places as the American School of Milan and Teach for America-Atlanta Office. He has also presented workshops at conferences specifically for international schools, such as ECIS MLIE, EARCOS, and ELLSA. Additionally, Tan is the co-founder of #ellchat_bkclub, which offers EAL teachers a community to read and talk about EAL-related books. Tan also co-founded #VirtuEL, a virtual conference for EAL teachers to learn from leading experts in the field. Tan is currently developing online courses related to EAL instruction so that more teachers can learn remotely.

Tan loves meeting new colleagues. Please find the time to introduce yourself and have a chat with him while at ACAMIS, or send him a tweet to start the conversation.

Keynote: Shifts Happen: Embracing Changes that Empower English Learners

The ESL classes that I was placed in when I first arrived in the U.S in the 1980s look quite different than those many ELs have now. This keynote address will discuss the different shifts in EAL instruction in past 30 years, from pull-out to sheltered instruction, from self-contained to co-teaching, from low-challenge work to high-support learning, and, most importantly, from the “can’t do” to “can do” mindset. Participants will learn how to design instruction that honors the shift towards more inclusive instruction.

Nicola Bourgeois

Nicky Bourgeois has over 15 years of elementary teaching experience in New Zealand, Vietnam and currently at NIST International School in Thailand. Nicky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology and has recently completed the IB Leadership Series. She collaborates globally in a variety of ways, such as being a member of the Advisory Board for The Wonderment and as guest speaker for a Teaching as a Profession class at the University of Washington. Additionally, she has shared her thoughts on global education at the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, in Denver, and after presenting her Conceptual Co-teaching model at both the IB Annual conference and EARCOS in 2016; she has now developed this into a two-day workshop. Conceptual Co-teaching brings a unique spotlight on multi-teacher collaboration, de-privatization of practice, and equity within the international classroom. Nicky is known as a creative, conceptual thinker yet her extensive classroom experience brings a practicality to her educational consulting. She tweets as @bourgeois1 and endeavors to only share what is truly evident in her classroom and teaching practice.

Keynote: The Kaleidoscope of Collaboration: Harmonies, Contrasts and Combinations

Like a kaleidoscope, collaboration can seem so simple, and yet, like the patterns that kaleidoscopes create, successful collaborative relationships are complex and multifaceted. Raising our awareness of seemingly simple components can enable us to be more intentional in maximizing our collaboration, resulting in a positive impact for our students.

Host School

The International School of Tianjin (IST) is a non-profit, parent-governed school for N-G12 students of the international community in Tianjin, China. Accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and in the USA and the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe, IST is an IB World School authorized to offer all 3 IB Programs: the PYP, MYP, and the Diploma. Complementing IST’S dynamic curriculum is its world class, purpose-built school campus that consists of 7.2 hectares of park-like grounds in a residential zone, and has 30,000m2 of outstanding facilities to support its academic, cultural and sporting programs.

Head of School: Steve Moody

International School of Tianjin
No. 22 Weishan Nan Lu, Shuanggang, Jinnan District, Tianjin 300350
+86 22 2859 2001

Planning Committee

Lori Zhai

Lori Zhai, International School of Tianjin

Lori Zhai is a MYP teacher at the International School of Tianjin (IST), teaching both Language Acquisition and Humanities for EAL (HEAL). She has been at IST for 5 years and previously worked as an elementary ELL teacher in the US. Lori is a Grade 6 Homeroom teacher and helps young students acclimate smoothly into secondary school. She also leads the transition from elementary to secondary prior to students entering in Grade 6, having knowledge in both areas. She has a holistic approach to teaching that includes explicit instruction on different reading and writing strategies. She believes in creating meaningful lessons that engage the interests of her students and help build their confidence. Lori’s organizational skills have served her well throughout the process of bringing so many educators together. Leading the 2018 ACAMIS ELL Conference has been a rewarding experience.

Andrea Griego

Andrea Griego, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

Andrea Griego is the Student Support Coordinator at YCIS Shanghai, Regency Park Campus where she leads the Student Support Team which includes the English as an Additional Language and Learning Resource departments. She provides in-house professional development for teachers focusing on strategies for ESL students in the mainstream classroom, differentiation, and data collection and analysis. Aside from leading her team, Andrea teaches one EAL class and conducts admission’s interviews. She has been at YCIS for four years and is part of the campus leadership team. As a seasoned educator, Andrea has worked in the United States, Untied Arab Emirates and Colombia. Andrea led the ELL Conference Committee last year and was the MC, as YCIS Shanghai RP was last year’s conference host. She has been delighted to be part of this year’s committee and is excited to see the fruit of this year’s planning.

Emma McBride

Emma McBride, Nanjing International School

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Carrie Di

Carrie Di, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

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Hotel Reservation

The host school will provide transportation from the following hotel:

Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin
Address: 328 East Haihe East Road, Hedong District, Tianjin 300019, China
Contact Person: Cynthia Wei, Sales Manager
Telephone: +86 22 8418 8307


Reservation Link (in Chinese):

Room Rates:
Deluxe River View King - Single: CNY650; Double: CNY750
Deluxe River View Twin - Double: CNY750

The above rates are inclusive of ten percent (10%) service charge, 6% value-added tax, and Breakfast.

Notes with hotel reservation:
  1. You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the conference/workshop).
  2. Transportation will be provided only between the above hotel(s) and the host school during the workshop or conference days.
  3. You can book other hotels but you (and/or your colleagues) will need to make your own way to the host school.

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