Meet the Makers Lunchtime panel session

Abstract

Sharon Duff & Carmel Davies
Sharon and Carmel are well-known language literacy educational designer-makers and publishers. VALBEC2021 is proud to host these two creative talents from Urban Lyrebirds as they announce their latest new resources to eagerly awaiting audiences.
Sing with me stories follow the popular 2020 series May Street Stories.

Feedback from their Sing for your English workshops includes:
Absolutely brilliant workshop!
Good ideas for class
Good to see how you can adapt songs for different levels

VALBEC looks forward to hosting more UL workshops in face to face sessions in the new year.

Chris Malaker
Along with her colleagues, Chris has been writing Prace PageTurners since 1999. At present she is writing health materials available next year to introduce EAL students to the concept of health screening. Chris is pleased to be joining fellow makers Carmel and Sharon of the Urban LyreBirds to talk about her latest projects and endeavours.

Presenters

Sharon Duff

Sharon Duff

Urban Lyre Birds

Sharon has 20 years’ experience teaching English to new migrants. In her role as an EAL teacher, she has taught students of all language levels from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Over this period of time, she has created numerous materials for EAL teachers, including writing text book and e-learning resources for the Australia wide Distance Learning course ‘Your call’.

Sharon has delivered many workshops and papers on a wide range of EAL topics designed to enhance the second language learning environment.

Carmel Davies

Carmel Davies

Urban Lyre Birds

Carmel has over 20 years' experience teaching English language skills in a variety of contexts in Australia and internationally.

She has worked in refugee camps in Thailand developing EAL curricula and cultural awareness programs, and has directed and co- written student performances for EAL students on language and cultural themes.

Carmel has written EAL materials including ‘What’s the law? Australian law for new arrivals’ and ‘Pictures to Words’ Book 1. In 2008 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel and research ‘ ESL through Performance’.

Chris Malaker

Chris Malaker

PRACE Page Turners

Chris started teaching EAL back in the Jurassic period, well before the days of online learning and classroom access to the internet. At that time there was a shortage of interesting and enjoyable teaching resources. So, creating materials has been a long-time interest.