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EAL Teaching Newsletter Articles

7th November 2022

EAL Learners: Combating Bullying

When I was teaching early literacy to adults some years ago, I had two teenage students from a refugee background join one of my classes. They […]
22nd September 2022

Written corrective feedback: Investigating beliefs and practices

Author: Eli Briasco, EAL Specialist Chances are, if you’ve been teaching English for a while, you’ve provided plenty of feedback to your learners on the accuracy […]
29th August 2022

Supporting students with basic literacy skills

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist Schools often have a number of students who are not yet literate in English. Whilst this includes English-speaking children who are […]

Across Cultures News

15th June 2022

New case study: engagement and progress in a large group of schools

Our new case study looks at the use of the Learning Village programme by a group of 55 schools. The Across Cultures team collected data on […]
6th May 2021

We’re finalists in the ERA Awards 2021

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the Education Resource Awards 2021 – as a finalist in the Supplier of the Year category. The ERA awards […]
3rd May 2021

Across Cultures Partnership with ISP

We’re really excited to be partnering with the International Schools Partnership (ISP) to develop best practice in multilingual learning across their global community of schools. Across […]

Benefit from EAL teaching through the Learning Village

  • Resham Kaur

    In our school we have implemented many different models for the learning in different areas, i.e. reading, maths, writing spelling etc. We find that with Learning Village everything is incorporated within one place. Children will benefit from less login details to remember.

    Resham Kaur
    TA, Atam Academy
  • Olga Hopper

    Love the extensive range of activities and extra resources available to learners and teachers, and how adaptable it is to different levels.

    Olga Hopper
    Assistant Headteacher, Ranelagh Primary School
  • Fiona McCulloch

    An excellent resource, so many different tools that are practical and easy to use.

    Fiona McCulloch
    EAL Coordinator, St Edwards College Malta
  • Lenka Bayman

    I have learnt about and tried some new, very useful tools. Lovely modelling, also lovely to be in breakout rooms and chat to EAL colleagues. Also very good idea to have afternoon tea. I love teaching EAL, but it can be isolated as there isn't anyone in the school to share it with.

    Lenka Bayman
    EAL Coordinator, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • Michelle Barclay

    Your training sessions are always informative and like the way we have help while exploring new things.

    Michelle Barclay
    LSA, Haseltine Primary
  • Jo Bridges

    Having been a SENCO and now Headteacher, I can honestly say that this is the best resource for EAL learners I have come across. Having taken part in a range of online training in the past 2 years, this was excellent. Lots of information given and very interactive. Presenters were extremely professional and clearly had a lot of knowledge they were able to impart effectively.

    Jo Bridges
    Headteacher, Widney Junior School
  • Katie Eastwood

    The resources will really help all members of staff at school.

    Katie Eastwood
    Teacher and EAL Coordinator, St Botolph's Primary School
  • Keely Walker

    Brilliant resources that are quick and easy to use but provide high quality, effective resources.

    Keely Walker
    Teacher and EAL Lead, Heronsgate Primary
  • Mark Larkin, Resource Teacher of Learning and Behavioural difficulties

    I've been watching some of the online training for Learning Village. What an amazing resource!

    Mark Larkin, Resource Teacher of Learning and Behavioural difficulties
    Royal Oak Primary School, New Zealand
  • Kirk Shuttleworth

    The Local Authority came in to observe the whole school and interview staff on their subject lead. I had a 30-minute observation, with the Local Authority watching my EAL lesson with my 12 Year 2 children, then a 30-minute interview with an EAL expert….I then had my feedback and was told that the lesson was outstanding. They said they hadn’t seen anything like this in the schools that they had been into!....they said that EAL was now a massive strength of the school! So I would just like to say thank you so much to yourself for all your help and guidance that you have given me to get to where I am today.

    Kirk Shuttleworth
    EAL Lead, Rounds Green Primary
  • Pamela Southall

    I like the practice activities and love the Village and map. Exactly right for middle school.

    Pamela Southall
    Head of EAL, Belmont Preparatory school
  • Resham Kaur

    In our school we have implemented many different models for the learning in different areas, i.e. reading, maths, writing, spelling etc. We find that with the Learning Village, everything is incorporated within one place. Children will benefit from less login details to remember. I find many areas of the resources available will be of excellent use to myself and my students to enhance their learning.

    Resham Kaur
    TA, Atam Academy
  • Fiona McCulloch

    An excellent resource, so many different tools that are practical and easy to use.

    Fiona McCulloch
    EAL Coordinator, St Edwards College Malta
  • Kirsty Williams

    "We are very keen to have access to The Learning Village again and I previously used it with a number of pupils especially those newly arrived to the UK and they found it engaging and motivating. I saw them make excellent progress as it allowed them to access structured learning pathways both at home and in school. I have also used it for whole class teaching. I have attended training sessions on how to use the learning village and I am fully aware of how to access the resources and use it for individual learning and whole class teaching."

    Kirsty Williams
    EAL Coordinator, Castle Newnham School
  • Dorota Raeside

    "Thank you so much for your email and thank you so much for so amazing news. I am very happy to hear about the grant and opportunity which Bedford Borough Council gives to our students and my EAL office. Once again, thank you so much."

    Dorota Raeside
    EAL Teaching Assistant, Bedford Academy
  • Pam Heath

    I heard yesterday from one of the Bedford schools using the Learning Village. One of their staff was at an OFSTED reading/phonics session we were running. They were saying how keen their children were to use the resource, how it really helped as it was very visual and the very positive progress pupils are making as a result of using Learning Village.

    Pam Heath
    Pam Heath Improvement Adviser School Improvement Team, Bedford Borough Council
  • OFSTED Inspection report

    Tudor Primary use the Learning Village to support early, short-term interventions: "Early, short-term interventions for pupils new to learning English draw upon rich resources and strategies which immerse pupils in the language from the time they join the school." OFSTED Inspection report: Tudor Primary School, 6–7 March 2018 (case study to follow)

    OFSTED Inspection report
    Tudor Primary
  • Kasia Talbot

    I have been using the new Plant and Animal Cells lesson with my Science Intervention groups and it’s great. It’s challenging but since we have already done the basic differences between the cells the lesson consolidates the students’ knowledge and works as an extension. Thank You!

    Kasia Talbot
    EAL Coach, Holly Lodge School
  • Tammy Marsh
    I just wanted to say what a great time we are having with the Learning Village! It is such a fabulous resource!
    Tammy Marsh
    EAL Teacher, Amity International School, Abu Dhabi
  • Alistair Harding

    The Learning Village has provided our school with a very practical, individualised learning tool for EAL students, with a clear curriculum, structure and pedagogy. This allows both more and less experienced staff to effectively support students’ language development. There is a wealth of materials and resources available, as well as plenty of support and training to help optimise our use of the tool.

    Alistair Harding
    EAL Coordinator, Holly Lodge High School
  • Jonathan Marquez

    As a school, we are proud to be part of Learning Village and have seen the improvements the students are making in their EAL learning. We would recommend every school to be part of Learning Village as it is an essential tool that offers valuable resources not only for EAL learners but for all.

    Jonathan Marquez
    EAL Teacher, Academia Británica Cuscatleca International School, El Salvador
  • Catherine Brennan

    I'm loving the Learning Village - it is a fantastic resource and I keep finding new things too! My learners are so motivated by it and like the messaging facility.

    Catherine Brennan
    Education Consultant, Better Bilingual
  • Kamil Trzebiatowski

    You're revolutionising my classroom and allowing me to make significant changes / improvements to the lives of these children.

    Kamil Trzebiatowski
    EAL Coordinator, Teacher, Trainer, Speaker, Education Blogger
  • Elizabeth Mickiewicz
    I understand the Village a lot more and how to link it to the curriculum.
    Elizabeth Mickiewicz
    EAL Teacher Advisor, Wolverhampton Local Authority
  • Sudha Dogra
    This course will fill a gap in the provision we are able to provide to EAL learners at an early stage of English acquisition.
    Sudha Dogra
    EAL Coordinator, Colton Hills Community School
  • Stacy Allen
    Fantastic resources to support children within the classroom and teacher planning.
    Stacy Allen
    Lead of Nurture, Colton Hills Community School
  • Sam Thorne

    The Learning Village is great. The children absolutely love it and I have to say I’ve been enjoying and learning as I go along. We had a Teaching and Learning Review at our school the other day and I used the Learning Village to demonstrate how we support our EAL pupils. [The consultants] seemed very impressed and actually spoke to the Local Authority Advisor about how well the Learning Village was being used at our school.

    Sam Thorne
    Hylands Primary School
  • Roxbourne Primary

    Our pupils have really benefited from their work on the Learning Village! Well done children, keep up the great work!

    Roxbourne Primary
  • Michelle Wain
    The Learning Village materials are of an excellent quality with clear language progression. The programme works very well as a teaching tool.
    Michelle Wain
    EMA Adviser, London Borough of Havering
  • Vicki Wilson

    I really liked the sentence activities, it really stretched my students and I saw a marked improvement. Overall I love the concept of the Learning Village- making friends highly motivated my  students and they loved exploring the village. The graphics are wonderful.

    Vicki Wilson
    Year 2 EAL teacher and EAL Team Leader, YCIS HK Primary
  • Shirley Rowe

    A student arriving from overseas being 18 years old and having limited oral skills and no reading or writing. He really felt pleased being able to use the Learning Village for self-study,  without feeling conscious in front of the others in the class.

    Shirley Rowe
    Head of Department, ESOL, New Plymouth Boys High, New Zealand
  • Sam Mobbs, Class Teacher

    The Learning Village has proved to be a good intervention programme for our EAL children and SEN. The children are very enthusiastic about using it, and are becoming more independent. We use it as an intervention throughout assembly in the morning and in some afternoons, when some of the learning is irrelevant to them and they would benefit from that more. It is clear that the children are making progress...

    Sam Mobbs, Class Teacher
    Oasis Watermead Academy, UK
  • Laura Haines

    I see the children relaxed and happy when they are on the Learning Village. I can see that they are proud of their progress and feel a sense of achievement which they can share with others. I think that there are a lot of good EAL ‘games’ available but this is a comprehensive programme that can be integrated into any curriculum.

    Laura Haines
    EAL Coordinator, International School of Milan, Italy
  • Ellen Copsey
    A really fantastic resource. We can't wait to start using it with our pupils.
    Ellen Copsey
    Assistant Head Teacher, Willow Bank Primary, UK
  • Keith Shurlock
    It is a delight to see a resource that has grown out of good practice in schools.
    Keith Shurlock
    Principal, Grace International School, Bangladesh
  • Hanneke Blijham

    Thank you so much for this inspiring workshop. I was enthusiastic about it when first trying it but even more so after today!

    Hanneke Blijham
    EAL Teacher, Groningse Schoolvereniging, Netherlands