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Coaching for Multilingual Leaner's Success

By Dr. Virginia P. Rojas


July 26, 28, 29 and August 2, 4 2021

Workshop Feedback


The data below is summarized from quantitative data on the Workshop Evaluation Form distributed at the end of the workshop:



(1 = not satisfied, 5 = very satisfied)

Given below is a compilation of participants' response to the following query on the Workshop Evaluation Form:  

"What were your key take away from this event?"


  • Writing strong language goals and how to become a better EAL teacher with the resources.

  • Coaching with a small "c"! It makes the whole idea of coaching manageable and realistic.

  • Be able to write language objectives; co-plan and co-teach; be an advocate and a coach!

  • Clarity in the purpose of the EAL teacher's role and the power of making a goal and telling others about it!

  • CLIL as an instructional approach. Coaching cycles and moves. Learning more advocating strategies.

  • A clearer understanding of where I am in my journey toward EAL teaching and coaching, and how, specifically, I can improve. I feel like I have very tangible goals I set for myself.

  • Resources and opportunities to connect with other teachers besides the goal I plan to achieve.

  • Exploring paradigms and coaching models while discussing with other specialists in the same field. So enriching.

  • The expertise of teachers in many different international schools and their desire to improve their own practice and support their colleagues.

  • Being a coach with a small c, even as a classroom teacher. Being an advocate for all multilingual learners in my classroom and at our school. Working to shift the paradigm at our school from deficit-based thinking to asset-based thinking. Making personal goals and setting the path to achieve them in a systematic way.

  • All resources and strategies to be an effective EAL teacher/coach were very helpful but most importantly, I really valued our discussions and Dr. Rojas' emphasis on advocacy. For this upcoming school year, I am going to be a fierce, fearless educator to see all my students thrive! Thank you so much for the workshop. :')

  • Finding alternatives to deficit language; identifying paradigms to be shifts and strategies for that; rubrics for coaching and goal-setting; personal/professional connections

  • We need to advocate for our MLLs. I have come away from this workshop with clarity and focus for my path forward as and EAL educator. This workshop has provided me with a multitude of resources, instructional strategies, and reflection tools to guide me and my school.

  • We are all language teachers and we can use CLIL principles to support our schools in teaching content and language to all students. We all have strengths and weaknesses as advocates for multilinguals, the answer is to build our knowledge and toolkit. Then, we can make small action-oriented goals.

  • The true power of advocacy through the principles of coaching, and reframing our thinking about our roles as EAL teachers to make a greater impact in our schools as leaders.

Participating Schools

  • Seisen International School, Japan

  • Korea International School, South Korea

  • The International School of Macao, Macao

  • ELCHK Lutheran Academy, Hong Kong

  • Saigon South International School, Vietnam

  • Stamford American International School, Singapore

  • American School of Bombay, India

  • American International School of Guangzhou, China

  • Ruamrudee International School, Thailand

  • The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), Malaysia

  • American International School, Viet Nam

  • International School of Beijing, China

  • TH School, Vietnam

  • American Cooperative School of La Paz, Bolivia


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