EAL Learning, Pedagogy and Materials

Date(s) - 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, (ii) typical English language profiles of EAL learners and what influences their development, and (iii) the continuing language support needs of advanced EAL pupils.  Particular attention was paid to research on vocabulary development and reading comprehension: two aspects of language learning that develop throughout school time.The second part of the session consisted of demonstrations and hands-on tasks exploring how to best support EAL learners, with a particular focus on inclusive, language-conscious teaching. There was also a demonstration of how to prepare appropriate materials. The session was informed by research evidence and best practice examples from EAL professionals.Click here to access: