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Separating Language Difference from Learning Disability--Working with English Language Learners with Diverse Needs
Presented by: Jane Gallacher & Susan Somerville
Thursday, December 05, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

A growing number of students from diverse racial, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds have unique learning needs as they acquire English and adapt to the culture of the Canadian educational system. Among this diverse population of students are at-risk learners and learners with a variety of disabilities. In this session the participants will about specific issues in assessment and intervention, and identification strategies that are most effective in separating difference from disability. 

Join Jane Gallacher and Susan Somerville for a full day workshop as they address the challenges facing education professionals working with language minority and culturally diverse students with learning difficulties.

About the Presenter(s):
Jane Gallacher & Susan Somerville

Jane Gallacher has been an Educational Consultant/ Registered Psychologist for Golden Hills School Division for the past seventeen years. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Jane was a Junior High School classroom teacher and High School Resource teacher for the Calgary Board of Education. As part of her role at Golden Hills School Division, she is the English as a Second language consultant. Jane has been part of the ESL rural symposium since its inception. She has completed her TESL Canada Level 1 certificate and TESOL Separating Difference from Disability course. Jane is passionate about ensuring ELL students meet their full potential in the school setting.  

 Susan Somerville has been an Instructional Coach for the Golden Hills School Division for the past three years. In addition, she has over twenty-five years of teaching experience including Kindergarten through to adults. She currently teaches ELLs at the University of Calgary and holds her TESL Canada Standard 1 certification. Her areas of focus include English as a Second Language, inclusive education and differentiation. She is passionate about coaching educators and working with students with learning differences as well as incorporating the use of technology to enhance learning.

Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: November 28, 2019
Cost: $50.00
Focus(es): English as a Second Language / English Language Learners
Grade Level(s): 1-9
Audience: Teachers