Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Classrooms

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Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Classrooms

Programme Overview

Supporting young language learners across the curriculum.
Delivery Model

Online Face to Face session. 

What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 1750 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • If you would like bespoke, in-school training for a group of your staff, please contact Rebecca Annand, rebecca@infinitelearning.ae, who will be able to assist you.
Deadline booking date:
Wednesday 22nd March 2023
Training date:
Tuesday 11th April 2023 
Tuesday 9th May 2023
8:30am to 1:30pm UAE Time (April)
8:30am to 3:30pm UAE Time (May)

Programme breakdown:

  • Two days of live, interactive online sessions

Platform: ZOOM
Target audience


  • Early Years Teachers
  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Grade 1 – 6 Classroom Teachers
  • EAL Specialists
  • SEN Specialists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Librarians
  • All specialist subject teachers, i.e., Music, Art, Physical Education, Second Languages
  • Language Curriculum Coordinators
  • School Leaders who work with bilingual and multilingual children aged between 3 and 12 years.
Aims of the course

Reflecting on, defining and analysing our beliefs about different languages and cultures can help guide our teaching and learning practices for the greatest impact on student learning. By exploring and analysing what teachers value and how they interact with each other and their students, we can find connections to help us better meet our students’ language learning needs in culturally sensitive and informed ways.  Our work will be supported by research, both practice-based and research-based evidence and will focus on becoming familiar with useful strategies to help us lead our students and our colleagues towards greater intercultural respect and appreciation.

Intended outcomes
  • Accept and appreciate that all teachers are language teachers
  • Know that we only have one language brain; all of our languages are connected
  • Identify the types of language learners that we have in our classrooms; monolingual, bilingual, multilingual
  • Appreciate the undeniable connection between identity, culture, self-esteem and language
  • Respect and value mother tongue, school target language/s and all languages as of equal value
  • Appreciate the rich opportunities provided in mutilingual and multicultural school settings

Natalie Croome

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Natalie Croome is a cross-curricular generalist, specialising in helping teams hone in on just what it is that student learning is showing them about possible areas of focus for teacher and/or leader learning. Using Professional Learning Standards as drivers in the design of high-quality Professional Learning Programmes, Natalie guides teams of leaders through engaging inquiries, honing in on connecting teacher learning to student learning.

Programme details:

This course is for all teachers and leaders of children of 3 to 12 years of age who are learning in a second or additional language, because “we are all language teachers”!  We will share our experiences and consider how our own language learning experiences can be leveraged to help us better support our young learners.  Time will be spent considering a range of text types and their structures and acknowledging that there is a difference between language learning (formal) and language acquisition (functional).  The development of a repertoire of strategies that work will be constructed by participants throughout the course


*  Times are UAE 8:30am to 3:30/4:00pm via ZOOM.


DAY 1 Programme
08:30 Registration
  • Identify aspects of multilingual and multicultural classrooms
  • Appreciate the rich opportunities that multilingual and multicultural classrooms present for teachers and learners
10:30 Coffee break
  • Individual Reflection – Beliefs About Language Learning Inventory
  • Describe your language learners: The bilingual/multilingual spectrum
12:45 Lunch break
  • Mother tongues and additional languages; What does the research say?
  • Grain-of-the-Brain Language teaching: Formal and Functional language teaching
  • Share Extended Learning Tasks for Classroom Application
  • Finish


DAY 2 Programme
08:30 Registration
  • Explore Intercultural Awareness and Intercultural Competency
  • Identify our own and others biases, prejudices and explore ways to acknowledge and manage them
10:30 Coffee break
  • The Culture Map: Addressing culture shock, culture gaps and culture clash
  • Consider how identity, culture, beliefs and concepts are expressed through languages
12:45 Lunch break
  • Project RADAR: Respectful  communication in intercultural environments
  • Intercultural competency and appreciating diversity – How can we use it to our advantage?
15:30 Finish
Natalie Croome
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