Here’s an excellent podcast by Sharon Unsworth (from Kletskoppen) to help parents to plan the bilingual future of their child. https://kletsheadspodcast.nl/2020/06/30/how-to-plan-for-a-bilingual-baby-english-edition/
Mother Tongues and the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin have created video for teachers/principals/administrative staff on communicating with families in different languages – see here – and a list of useful phrases that can be used in schools. This is a project we will continue to work on over the next few months and anyone can request phrases to be translated (see here).
In collaboration with the School of Education at Trinity College, Mother Tongues have produced short videos on how families can support young children with their literacy, numeracy and creativity during the school shut down, available in 4 languages (Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and Romanian) as well as in English. You can access these videos here.
The brief survey below aims to assess the impact of school closures and social distancing on multilingual families in the UK and Ireland. Closing date: 30th of June 2020. Please publicise it to your networks!
The EEF’s rapid evidence assessment has published a report on the existing research (from 60 systematic reviews and meta-analyses) for approaches that schools could use, or are already using, to support the learning of pupils while schools are closed due to Covid-19. The report is available here.
How can the excellent EAL support normally provided in schools be adapted to remote learning? Please get in touch (via firstname.lastname@example.org) to share your experience
“How bilingual are the children in my classroom?” “How much experience of English have they had over their lifetime?” “From what point can I expect this EAL child to have caught up with her peers in terms of English proficiency?”
Children with English as an Additional Language can present very different profiles, and their needs and potential require a more fine-grained approach than a binary EAL / non-EAL categorisation.
The Quantifying Bilingual Experience project brings together an international team of researchers and practitioners to establish a consensus regarding what aspects of the multilingual language experience we need to measure in school settings and for what purpose. This will inform the creation of user-friendly, online questionnaires (and their associated back-end calculators) to return measures of current and cumulative language experience in real time. Exploiting cutting-edge statistical techniques, we will also develop an objective method to identify early those bilingual children in need of support with their school language, helping practitioners estimate when a child who speaks a different language at home can be expected to have “caught up” with their monolingual peers.
The Q-BEx project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council from October 2019 to September 2022. It is led by Professor Cecile De Cat (University of Leeds).
|This blog from the Bell Foundation highlights some of the particular challenges that parents of EAL learners may face at this time of school closures and signposts practical steps that schools can take to ensure EAL families know how to support the learning of their child.|
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|In response to the Covid-19 crisis and school closures The Bell Foundation will be offering teachers increased opportunities for remote CPD to help them support pupils during and after closures, and publishing new resources which can be used with home learning. |
These opportunities are important because:As a result of school closures, pupils using English as an Additional Language (EAL) may spend weeks with limited access to the approaches to teaching which are best suited to enhancing their English language development alongside their curriculum learning. The switch to home learning is a challenge for most pupils. Adapting this unfamiliar medium to ensure appropriately differentiated pedagogy for students with EAL is likely to be even more so.Some students may lack explicit language input from schools and in many cases experience inconsistent or insufficient exposure to English in the home. Therefore, there is a risk of loss of learning for many students using EAL, particularly those who are new to English or in the early acquisition stages.Considering that learning is now taking place at a distance, it is more important than ever that schools seek to develop effective communication with parents of learners who use EAL to ensure parents understand what they should be doing to support the learning of their children. This highlights a need for schools to be especially mindful that communications (both written and spoken) are delivered in clear accessible English, and ideally supported by visual cues.
The Bell Foundation will be hosting regular free, interactive webinars throughout school closure offering teachers unrivalled access to experts for CPD.
– Overview of forthcoming webinars
– View previous webinar recordings
On 30 April 2020 the Foundation is running a series of three webinars focusing on how teachers can effectively support the learning of EAL pupils during and after school closures:
– Supporting the home learning of primary EAL pupils
– Supporting the home learning of secondary EAL pupils
– Assessing the learning of primary and secondary EAL pupils
The Foundation is publishing guidance videos for schools on how to make home learning accessible for EAL pupils and their parents. The first of these videos are now available on EAL Nexus. We will be adding to these resources on a regular basis for as long as schools are closed.
View EAL Nexus videos
Online training courses:
Throughout school closure The Bell Foundation will be running online CPD opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants. The courses are designed to be highly interactive and collaborative, with opportunities to work with other course participants, course tutors and course material. All courses are differentiated for primary and secondary levels.
View all courses
Embedding EAL Assessment
Primary: Teaching Assistants: Working with learners using EAL
Primary: Supporting new arrivals who are New to English
Primary: Introduction to EAL Assessment
Secondary: Teaching Assistants: Working with learners using EAL
Secondary: Supporting new arrivals who are New to English
Secondary: Introduction to EAL Assessment
The recordings of our previous CPD workshops are available. You can access them through links at the end of each event item (via the Events menu).
We are delighted to announce our continuous professional development programme for 2019, which aims to enhance the support for EAL pupils.
- 13 February: Language for learning – going beyond vocabulary (by Jean Conteh and Dianne Excell)
- 6 March: Supporting new arrivals and new to schooling students in mainstream lessons in secondary schools (by Georgina Vince)
- 27 March: International New Arrivals: EYFS principles for all ages (by Louise Wood)
- 17 April: Using the Home Language to enrich EAL support (by Saiqa Riasat)
- 8 May: Making words work to support mathematical understanding and reasoning (by Thérèse O’Sullivan)
- 12 June: How do we know it works? Approaches and tools for evaluation (by Dea Nielsen)
- 3 July: Identifying and supporting EAL children who may have speech, language and communication needs (by Anne McCaffrey)
All events are free. Details will be published via our Events page.
Recordings and materials will be made available to download from our Events page after each EAL workshop.
These workshops are funded by an excellence and innovation fellowship from the Leeds Institute in Teaching Excellence.