Language for learning (going beyond vocabulary)

Date(s) - 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 EAL learners develop confidence as learners of academic language, drawing on the subject knowledge they may already have from their prior educational experiences.

Speakers: Jean Conteh and Dianne Excell

Jean was until recently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, UK where she worked on the PGCE Primary and on MA courses, and supervised many PhD students. She enjoyed a long career as a primary teacher and teacher educator. Her research over many years has focused on issues of equality and social justice in multilingual classrooms. She is the author of several key texts in EAL, with the third edition of The EAL Teaching Book (Sage) due for publication in 2019.

Dianne has worked with EAL students in many of Bradford’s inner city schools for more than 25 years and was, until recently, EAL and Literacy Consultant for Feversham Academy – the first Voluntary-Aided Muslim girls’ secondary school in the country. She has served on NALDIC committees for 14 years and currently co-ordinates NALDIC’s Regional Interest Groups, being responsible for the Yorkshire and the Humber RIG. She has contributed several articles to NALDIC Quarterly and EAL Journal and was part of a NALDIC team which produced guidance for English teachers working with students learning EAL at GCSE for the publishers Pearson-Heinemann. In recent years she has lectured on EAL to PGCE students and NQTs both in UK and abroad.

This workshop is funded by an excellence and innovation fellowship from the Leeds Institute in Teaching Excellence.

The materials for this workshop are available below, and the recording can be viewed here. (Search for EAL on that page to see the list of all our recordings.)

If you attended and require a CPD certificate, please get in touch via and we’ll send you one.