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CONFERENCE: Enhancing EAL support: opportunities and best practice

06/07/2019 9:00 am - 5:15 pm

This conference brings together practitioners and researchers to explore ways of enhancing the support of EAL children.  The main themes are: The Home Language as a source of transferable language competence The use of drama and poetry to enhance language and confidence in EAL pupils Barriers and opportunities to share and enhance best practice Further […]


Identifying and supporting EAL children who may have speech, language and communication needs

03/07/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In this workshop there will be a focus on the factors to consider when differentiating between language problems that are due to impairment and those that are due to inadequate exposure to any of the child’s languages. We will look at how language develops and how to recognise when a child with English as an […]


How do we know it works? Approaches and tools for evaluation

12/06/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

With constant innovation in educational practice and beyond, it can be difficult to know whether what we do is working. This workshop will introduce delegates to principles of good evaluation, and will cover some tools and techniques for identifying appropriate evaluation methods. It will also explore some of the key challenges of meaningful evaluation, and […]


Making words work to support mathematical understanding and reasoning

08/05/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This workshop is designed to support delegates in ensuring speaking and listening has a high profile within the mathematics curriculum, being used to challenge and stimulate thinking and reasoning skills. Effective engagement strategies and practical language-based activities will be modelled to scaffold, develop and extend pupils who have English as an additional language as articulate […]


Using the Home Language to enrich EAL support

17/04/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This workshop in intended to raise awareness in participants of the academic and social benefits of developing EAL children’s home languages alongside English. It will also illustrate that being bilingual is not a prerequisite to adopting a bilingual approach to teaching. Presenter: Saiqa Riasat After completing her BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS in […]


International New Arrivals: EYFS principles for all ages

27/03/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

What can we learn for EAL practise from our nursery and reception settings? Sharing examples of good practise from Yorkshire and beyond; with links to Educational psychology; we will explore how EYFS frameworks and pedagogies can be effectively used to support International New Arrivals learning EAL at any stage in their education. Presenter: Louise Wood […]


Supporting new arrivals and new to schooling students in mainstream lessons in secondary schools

06/03/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  We will look at some of the challenges that this can present to mainstream teachers in secondary schools to meet these students’ needs, strategies that we have put in place in our school and examples of resources that teachers have developed to differentiate for and support these students. The session will give practical ideas […]


Language for learning (going beyond vocabulary)

13/02/2019 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Many EAL learners are not only learning English as a new language, they are learning different subjects across the curriculum in their new language. These different subjects all have their own specialised academic language, which includes vocabulary, grammar and specific text features. This workshop will focus on ways in which you can ensure that your […]


Translating research into practice to support EAL pupils

26/02/2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Dr Naomi Flynn In this session Naomi Flynn covered the features of effective practice for EAL learners, both in terms of what research tells us and what research findings look like when translated into practice. Drawing on her own research with teachers of Polish children, Naomi  discussed how what teachers might provide in terms […]


EAL Learning, Pedagogy and Materials

11/10/2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

A workshop presented by Annina Hessel (University of Oxford) On October 11th, 2017, EAL Children welcomed Annina Hessel from the University of Oxford. Annina is a language researcher focusing on children’s vocabulary learning whilst reading. Annina’s session started with an overview of facts about EAL pupils, including (i) the relationship between English proficiency and educational achievement, […]


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Dee Rutgers discussing how to implement Content and Language Integrated Learning #CLIL https://t.co/XEH5PFRVDi

Alison Smith reporting on the use of animated poetry to empower EAL pupils https://t.co/LmBWqCI6vv