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Ruslana Westerlund presenting at the 2015 ELLSA conference.

ELLSA January Newsletter

Countdown to the conference...

Dear ELLSA community,
The ELLSA conference is coming up soon: March 5th-6th 2016, hosted at Bangkok Patana School, Thailand. Please register now, as the closing date for registration is 5th February. If you would like to lead a session in the conference we are also still accepting proposals. The theme of the conference is: Managing the multilingual classroom - every teacher is a teacher of language.

Voices of ELLSA Project

An exploration of our language learners’ perspectives on learning.

As part of the conference, we would like to compile a video that shares the collective voice of our EAL learners and their parents, exploring what it means to have more than one language and to learn in English. You can read more about this project here. Videos can be uploaded to this shared space up until February 1st 2016.

Visit our Conference Website for more detailed information.

Conference Keynote Speaker: Elly Tobin

With over thirty years' experience in education from Kindergarten through to adult learning, Elly Tobin  is an experienced presenter, guest speaker and educational consultant specialising in language acquisition, EAL, leadership, management and curriculum development.
Full biography at
What's happening in the region:


ELLSA Shanghai: a Chinese New Year Dinner will be held on February 16th. Join us in Chez George's French restaurant at 5/99 Lone Hua Dao 01, New Gubei (between Rong hua West Road & Shuicheng Road), Puxi, Shanghai, China.

South Korea

ELLSA Jeju: The South Korea Chapter, based on Jeju, met up on 23rd January for a tri-school event, the 'JUST Learning Conference' in North London Collegiate School, Jeju. There was a variety of sessions led by teacher facilitators from three neighbouring international schools on Jeju Island - Korea International School (KIS), Branksome Hall Asia (BHA) and the hosting school, NLCS Jeju. MYP/DP EAL co-ordinator for BHA led a session on "Making Thinking Visible in an EAL Environment". The Head of EAL/English B co-ordinator for NLCS Jeju led a session on, "Metacognition and Reading Skills for ELLs". The session was attended by more than 50 teachers across the three schools during a snowstorm on the island!

Join the Jeju ELL Specialists Facebook group to find out what’s new on the Jeju Island in Korea.

Professional Development Opportunity in Korea:

KORCOS International Educational Conference 2016 @ Chadwick International.

On March 11th, Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea is hosting the 31st KORCOS International Education Conference. Our guest speakers are famous educational gurus who are offering weekend workshops on March 12th and 13th. To attend the conference and/or the weekend workshops please register here.


ELLSA Ho Chi Minh City: The Vietnam chapter hosted their second meetup on January 28th. The focus of the meeting was collaboration.  Teachers around HCMC joined to share their experiences. If you'd like to be on the mailing list for future HCMC meetups, email

Host ELLSA 2017

We are now accepting proposals from schools interested in hosting the conference in 2017. For more information, please visit the ELLSA website.

ELLSA is online:  

You can follow us on Twitter @ELLSAchat and Instagram @ELLSA_Insta, like our Facebook page, and visit/bookmark our official blog to keep updated on everything happening with ELLSA and our upcoming conference. 
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