English Language Learning (ELL) Specialists

The ELL community (Also known as EAL) invites experienced practitioners, those who are learning the ropes of ELL teaching, and leaders of an ELL program within an international school to join. The intention of our community is to share our experiences, pose questions, and be supportive of others as we continue to learn and improve our practices and respective programs. As a member of this community, you have access to shared resources, can contribute your ideas, and learn from other dedicated educators on various topics related to English language learning and program development. Likely topics of discussion may include differentiated instruction, effective co-planning & co-teaching, using data to inform teaching and learning, technology in language teaching, and more! Through our discussion and sharing of resources, ELL community members will develop a sense of trust and belonging amongst colleagues within our network. Join us!

Live Session Dates & Times:

All 5 live sessions for this community will be on Wednesdays between 4:00-5:30pm (HKT) on the following dates:

  1. September 20, 2023
  2. October 25, 2023
  3. January 17, 2024
  4. March 20, 2024
  5. April 17, 2024

Meet the Host:

Celina Mathews

Celina Mathews is an experienced educator who leads the EAL program at Shekou International School. She has a Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a certificate in ELT Leadership and Management.

Celina is well-versed in WIDA and is passionate about providing a program that is inclusive, data driven, and supportive for all multilingual learners. Her expertise in language acquisition, attention to data, and experience with collaborative teaching ensures that each student receives an equitable education that propels their language and content skills forward. Through her leadership, the EAL program at Shekou International School has become a model for other schools seeking to provide high-quality language instruction to their students.