Valuing multilingualism – mini-event

Join us for two webinars and a panel discussion from specialists in using multilingual approaches in the English language classroom. This event will be on Thursday 18 July 2024. You can watch the live event on Facebook or register to join us on Zoom. 

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You can also watch the event live on our Facebook page. No registration is necessary to watch on Facebook.

About the event

This event on Thursday 18 July 2024 will feature two webinars and a panel discussion from specialists in multilingual approaches. All sessions will explore how you can use your learners' home languages, also referred to as L1s, as a valuable resource to help them learn. Our speakers will offer inspiration for taking a multilingual approach and share effective strategies for using learners' home languages in class. The two webinars will be followed by a panel discussion with expert teachers sharing tried-and-tested ideas for celebrating and taking advantage of the linguistic diversity in your classroom.

About the sessions

Session 1: L1 in the young learner classroom


Adrienn Szlapak (Malaysia)

Time and date:

9.00–10.00 (UK time) 18 July 2024

Session information:

The workshop will explore research supporting the notion that incorporating learners' L1s is an asset in language classrooms. We'll then delve into the practical aspects of L1 use, providing effective classroom management tips and addressing anticipated challenges. Attendees will gain ideas on how to integrate L1s to support English language development, and to effectively manage a multilingual classroom environment. Finally, we will focus on pedagogical frameworks that embrace the use of L1s in the young learner language classroom. 

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Session 2: Multilingual lessons from my classes


Huma Hasna Riaz Ahmed (UAE)

Time and date:

10.15–11.15 (UK time) 18 July 2024

Session information:

'No Arabic here, please.' 'Sorry, Spanish is not allowed here.' How often do we hear ourselves uttering such phrases to our learners? It isn't true that when one language is on, the others are off. The concept of multilingual teaching challenges this notion. In my classroom I have witnessed the positive impact of this approach on my lower-level adult learners. In this webinar I'll share my classroom experiences and practical multilingual teaching ideas adaptable to various contexts. I'll also present strategies for incorporating home languages to facilitate language learning.

Click here to complete Huma's pre-webinar survey

Session 3: How can we celebrate multilingualism in our classes? (panel discussion)

Speakers: Andrea Collados (Argentina), Chathuska Undugoda (UK), Guilherme Meira (Brazil)

Time and date:

11.30–12.30 (UK time) 18 July 2024

Session information:

Three teachers from around the world discuss issues and activities related to teaching multilingual classes and/or using L1 in the classroom. Learn practical tips for your classrooms.

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You can also watch the event live on our Facebook page. No registration is necessary to watch on Facebook.

About the speakers

Adrienn Szlapak is an experienced EAL/ESL specialist, who is also involved in teacher training and academic management. She holds an MA in Cognitive Linguistics, a Cambridge DELTA and a PGCE(i). She has been blogging about ESL and EAL both on her personal blog,, and on the IATEFL YLTSIG blog, where she is the current editor. 

Huma Hasna Riaz Ahmed is a certified teacher, teacher mentor, materials writer, e-moderator and examiner from India, who has donned many hats for the British Council for over 14 years. She has worked in India, England and now the UAE. Providing students with an authentic learning experience and a sense of progress is the main focus of Huma's lessons.  

Andrea Collados is an English teacher in Argentina who has also taught in the USA, Andorra, China, Japan, Sudan and Germany. This helped her develop a more global and multicultural perspective of teaching. She has been awarded the English Teacher Empowerment Scholarship by Bridge Education Group.

Chathuska Undugoda has taught with the British Council since 2014 and has taught various levels, age groups and language courses online and face-to-face. Her research for a master's degree at Coventry University, UK, was based on 'Inclusive practices in ESOL classrooms with refugee and migrant students.'

Guilherme Meira is a language teacher and pedagogical coordinator in Brazil. He holds a CPE and a specialisation in bilingual education. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in applied linguistics (UFRGS). He is mainly interested in teachers' assessment literacy to improve teaching and learning.


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How to watch the webinar

Our webinars are free. They take place in Zoom Events and are also broadcast live on the TeachingEnglish Facebook page. In Zoom and on Facebook, you will receive useful links and attendance certificates. You can ask the speakers questions and interact with other TeachingEnglish community members on both platforms. You do not need any special equipment to watch the webinars apart from a phone or computer with the audio on. Registration is for Zoom only. You do not need to attend every session.

Zoom registration

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If no free tickets for the Zoom event are available, if Zoom is not available in your region, or you would prefer to watch on Facebook, you can do that on our Facebook page.

Instructions for joining a session in the Zoom event

1. Click on the link that was emailed to you when you registered for the event.
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Webinar recordings

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Webinar handouts

PDF handouts from each presenter will be available after the webinars.


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- at the end of the webinar in the chat box in Zoom and in the moderator's comments on Facebook.
- in the 'Thank you for attending email' that you will receive after the webinar if you registered and watched on Zoom.

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