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Being Multilingual: Perspectives from Language, Education, Health, Neuroscience and Migration

16/06/2021 - 14/07/2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) is holding a series of online events to explore what it means to be a multilingual speaker today. Join us to find out what research has got to say about exciting new developments in the fields of language and literacy, education, health, neuroscience, and migration.   The events […]


English Grammar for Teachers Course

14/06/2021 - 26/07/2021 All Day

English Grammar for Teachers is now available as an online, interactive and self-directed FutureLearn course!    The course covers the same material as the original English Grammar for Teachers, including the English grammar knowledge required by the National Curriculum and how to use Englicious to teach it in creative and engaging ways. It offers a variety of […]


Teacher assessment in 2021: meeting the needs of learners who use EAL

28/04/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On 28 April 2021 the Foundation is hosting the free webinar ‘Teacher assessment in 2021: meeting the needs of learners who use EAL’. Throughout the one-hour session we will explore how secondary teachers can support EAL learners to demonstrate knowledge and ability in teacher-led assessments, following Ofqual’s recent decisions on how GCSE, AS and A-level grades […]


Assessment arrangements for 2021: implications for learners using EAL

21/04/2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Foundation’s upcoming free webinar ‘Assessment arrangements for 2021: implications for learners using EAL’ is taking place on 21 April 2021. Following Ofqual’s recent decision on how GCSE, AS and A-level grades will be determined in summer 2021, the webinar is aimed at school leaders and will explore how schools can support fair assessment of […]


Children Learning Adjectives: Free research workshop and practitioner CPD

18/03/2021 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Leeds Child Development Unit at the University of Leeds is hosting a researcher-practitioner online workshop on children’s descriptive vocabulary on Thursday March 18th, 1-5pm GMT. Event description: The role of vocabulary breadth and depth in children’s achievement at school and beyond is well recognised. One way of enriching vocabulary is through descriptive language. Classroom and clinical practice is designed to […]


Comics and the Serious Art of Learning a Language

27/02/2021 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Using Comics & Graphic Novels for Multi-Layered Learning With Jess Poole (University of Leeds) Date: Saturday 27th February 2021 Time: 10am – 11.45am GMT (doors open 10am; talk starts 10.15am) Venue: This is a free online event. LINK TO REGISTRATION FORM Abstract: Far from being simply trivial pulp fiction or ‘easy read’ picture books, comics and […]


Online training from the Bell Foundation

28/09/2020 - 30/10/2020 All Day

Supporting new arrivals who are New to English This online course is ideal for teachers who are seeking the guidance, strategies and resources needed to support newly arrived pupils who are New to English. The course is made up of three components which are designed to work around the busy lives of those working in […]


Englicious: Teaching English Grammar in Context 

12/07/2020 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Teaching English Grammar in Context will be taught on 11 June and 2 July and can be booked here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/short-courses/search-courses/teaching-english-grammar-context-online-course


Englicious: English grammar for teachers

26/06/2020 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

English Grammar for Teachers will be available online on 22 May and 26 June and can be booked here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/short-courses/search-courses/english-grammar-teachers-online-course


Englicious: Teaching English Grammar in Context 

11/06/2020 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Teaching English Grammar in Context will be taught on 11 June and 2 July and can be booked here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/short-courses/search-courses/teaching-english-grammar-context-online-course


Englicious: English grammar for teachers

22/05/2020 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

English Grammar for Teachers will be available online on 22 May and 26 June and can be booked here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/short-courses/search-courses/english-grammar-teachers-online-course


Quality Teaching for EAL Learners in the ITT Core Content Framework

21/05/2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This Bell Foundation webinar will be presented by Dr Jean Conteh, Leeds University; Naomi Cooper, Sheffield Hallam University and Silvana Richardson, The Bell Foundation.  The webinar will explore the implications of the DfE’s ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) for the design of initial teacher training programmes with a focus on preparing student teachers to work in diverse […]


How parents can use home languages to support the home learning and school work of EAL pupils

19/05/2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This Bell Foundation webinar will be presented by Dr Olga Cara, Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education.  The webinar will focus on the use of home languages for home and school work with English as an Additional Language children. This topic is even more important under the current […]


EAL Assessment Framework for Schools Version 2.0 and Tracker Tool

07/05/2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This webinar is a repeat of a session delivered in October. It provides a practical overview of The Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework for Schools Version 2.0. It will feature a user-focused introductory guide to working with the newly developed EAL Assessment Tracker, which has been designed to support teachers and pupils throughout the assessment […]


Expert advice on supporting the learning of EAL pupils during and after school closures

05/05/2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The webinar is a special joint event between The Bell Foundation and NALDIC, the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum. It will feature a new webinar format: an interactive panel of four leading EAL experts, who will offer practical suggestions on supporting the learning of EAL pupils during and after school closures and […]


Working with EAL learners during and after lockdown

23/04/2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This webinar is a special joint event between The Bell Foundation and NALDIC, the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum. It will feature a new webinar format: an interactive panel of four leading EAL experts, who will offer practical suggestions on supporting the learning of EAL pupils during and after school closures and answer […]


Dyslexia and foreign language learning (ONLINE COURSE)

20/04/2020 - 17/05/2020 12:00 am

Gain practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages, with this free online course. This FREE course is offered by Lancaster University in cooperation with FutureLearn and takes place over four weeks entirely online. It is aimed at English language teachers, teachers of modern foreign languages, teacher trainers, educators and trainee teachers […]


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, […]


Shaping the future for better support of EAL children

21/06/2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

On June 21 2017, Language@Leeds hosted a networking event to support pupils with English as an Additional Language. The event hosted over 50 stakeholders from across the region including teachers, speech and language therapists, researchers, representatives from local authorities and charitable organisations. What happened?  The event began with presentations from leading researchers and speech and […]