ACAMIS English Language Learners (ELL) Conference
April 24-25, 2021
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai Pudong (Regency Park Campus)



In Collaboration with

Adam Deshpande & Hetal Ascher
Tsinghua University High School International - Chaoyang & Dulwich College Beijing

Adam Deshpande is currently the Biologist and Head of Science at Tsinghua University High School International - Chaoyang.  He graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Science. Adam further pursued postgraduate education and completed Masters in Research with focus on Ageing and Health from University of Newcastle. Adam then completed his PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from University of Birmingham, and then worked in Birmingham at a secondary school. Adam has extensive experience of genetics research and has published three peer-reviewed articles and delivered numerous seminars.

Hetal is currently the Head of EAL at the Senior School at Dulwich College Beijing. She is originally from Minnesota, USA where she taught ESL to immigrant and refugee students at a public middle school. She has an M.A. in ESL with Reading from Hamline University, St. Paul, and before that received her teaching license in ESL K-12 from University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Her research interests include culturally relevant teaching, literacy for English learners, and teacher evaluation for ESL teachers.


Developing in-class support for English learners through collaborative planning
English learners in a high school setting face a myriad of obstacles to success from complex language in content delivery, specialist vocabulary, lack of dedicated language support in specialist subject classroom and more. In this presentation, we will present about a collaborative process established between a science content instructor and a language instructor in a high school setting. The purpose of this peer-to-peer collaborative process is to systematically improve the language support in content classes in an environment facing typical challenges such lack of co-teaching time and varied language abilities within one class. First, participants will receive an overview of the process wherein the language and content instructors first collaborated on a teaching unit, and then co-constructed language based learning activities, and finally, conducted observation and feedback sessions. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how this process may be adapted for use in their own teaching environment.


Target Audiences:
Secondary mainstream and ESL teachers