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EAL/D Seminar

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On Wednesday 9 November, Phoenix Academy initiated and hosted a seminar for EAL/D teachers looking at pertinent issues. The sessions looked at the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA), the Common European Framework (CEFR) and Flipping the Classroom. Attendees from a range of public and private school contributed to the success of the event.

Common European Framework
CEFR developed by the Council of Europe is the common international language to describe language levels and performance. Teachers need to know what CEFR means as it is used internationally in Europe, Asia and beyond. It is also used as a common comparison point in language assessments such as the IELTS. The seminar also covered the use of CEFR in the assessing and framing of tasks.

Literacy and the role of the EALD teacher
In this PD, a general overview of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) was given, followed by a more in-depth look at the Reading and Writing sections. Different strategies and techniques were examined. Most interestingly, perhaps, teachers explored producing their own practice materials.

The Flipped Classroom
Here, participants were introduced to the concept of the flipped classroom and the differences between it and the traditional classroom. The benefits of this approach were also examined, leading into a mingle in which frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom were discussed.
This was a stimulating and valuable day of collaboration and shared development. Phoenix looks forward to continued learning and engagement with the education community of Western Australia.

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