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Literacy session on November 30
This workshop will present information about the acquisition of language and the benefits of acquiring more than one language. The first part of the workshop will focus on the acquisition of literacy and how, even though literacy is considered a transferable skill, differences in structure and writing systems can pose potential difficulties to additive literacy, the transfer of first language literacy to second language literacy. The second part of the workshop will look at some classroom activities that can promote the acquisition and transfer of literacy.
Michele Foley is a qualified teacher with a BA in English and Philosophy and a PhD in Linguistics. She has taught both English and French at elementary and secondary levels and university linguistic courses in both English and French. At the University of Ottawa, she taught linguistic courses in the Faculty of Arts and Additional Qualification courses in ESL to qualified teachers in the Department of Education. She also taught linguistic courses at Carleton University and the University of Alberta.
After completing her PhD, she worked as a Research Grants officer for the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SHRCC). Since moving to Edmonton in 2006, she have been involved mainly in teaching English second language communication courses to foreign trained professionals seeking licensure in a variety of professions.