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7th September 2017

How can you possibly feel included if you don’t understand the language at all?

EAL: Excluded by inclusion By Kamil Trzebiatowski Here’s an extract: “Have you ever seen a child cry because they couldn’t understand a language? Crying their eyes out […]
6th September 2017

Collaborative learning – how do I group learners for the most effective learning experiences?

When we attempt to facilitate effective communication or collaborative learning between pairs or groups, we must acknowledge that our pupils are not only exchanging information; they […]
28th July 2017

Collaborative Learning

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Collaborative Learning site, it’s full of excellent resources that are completely free. Last month, Gemma Fanning talked […]
7th July 2017

The importance of collaborative planning

Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher ‘Mainstreaming’ (teaching second language learners in the mainstream class, as opposed to withdrawing pupils for EAL lessons) has been a favoured approach […]
21st June 2017

How do I use non-fiction texts to inspire and engage my EAL learners?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Learners in classrooms are often faced with the challenge of carrying out research for class project work. Often, schools invest heavily in […]
23rd May 2017

What games work well in the language learning class?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Brewster, Ellis and Girard (2012) discuss the idea of playing Bingo or Dominoes as games for connecting various curriculum areas. Brewster explains that playing […]
25th April 2017

How do I structure play to support language learning?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Play is a crucial part of language development and ideas for play and games are an essential part of any teacher’s toolkit. […]
14th March 2017

How do I support EAL learners with scientific language?

Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist In Science, EAL learners need to understand scientific language, both written and oral, as well as being able to work with command […]
9th February 2017

Why not try some new ideas to inspire storytelling with your EAL learners?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist “Stories and storytelling are fundamental to the human experience.” Nunan (2012) Stories help our learners understand their world and share it […]
5th January 2017

How do I support EAL learners with mathematical language?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist The language of Maths is often considered a language of its own – and this can sometimes present a difficulty for EAL […]
11th December 2016

What useful holiday homework can I set my intermediate EAL Learners?

Author: Anita Bamberger, EAL Specialist Holidays and homework can seem an incongruous mix – and this is especially true for EAL students, who need both time off, […]
2nd November 2016

How do I effectively use additional adults to support EAL students?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Co-ordinator An additional adult can be very effective in supporting teachers with EAL learners in the classroom. Such an adult may be a […]
27th October 2016

How do I support EAL parents during Parents’ Evening?

Parents are integral to schooling for any learner, and one of the key opportunities to discuss how a learner is developing is during Parents’ Evening (Macbeth, […]
29th August 2016

EAL Learners: First steps in identifying dyslexia (and other specific learning differences)

Author: Anne Margaret, ELT well   Sometimes our students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) seem to be having more difficulty than expected in […]
4th July 2016

Why should we use an EAL learning record?

Author: Caroline Scott Most schools with early-stage learners of English will have some form of guided reading record. This record supports the learner, parents and teacher […]
16th June 2016

Scaffolding writing for teens

Writing essays and short stories at Secondary level can be a daunting experience – and even more so when you are asked to write in a […]
11th May 2016

Synthetic versus Analytical Phonics: Which is best for my EAL students?

In previous articles, we considered the importance of avoiding the use of a ‘Whole Language’ approach, in isolation, as a primary method of literacy instruction. We […]
7th April 2016

Should I teach my EAL learners phonics? If so, how?

As educational pedagogies continue to move cyclically, with new strategies coming in and out of favour, the battle of reading approaches rages on. There are three […]
5th April 2016

Are your young learners interpreting for adults?

As well as interpreting for peers, young learners often find themselves interpreting for adults. This does give rise to a myriad of potential issues. There are […]
3rd April 2016

We are one world and one team…

11 fantastic resources to promote elements of international mindedness… Culture shock for new EAL students is more or less extreme depending on the extent of the […]
3rd April 2016

Are you teaching your learners language-learning strategies?

Language-learning strategies are tools to facilitate language learning that should be adapted to suit the needs of each individual.  There isn’t one single set of language-learning […]
3rd March 2016

How do I support parents in maintaining their child’s mother tongue?

Often, for busy EAL teachers, the focus is on the child; however, it is important to remember that the transition period can be just as difficult […]
3rd February 2016

Fantastic progress seen by learners using online EAL/ESL language learning portal for new-to-English learners in the mainstream

Across Cultures début the Learning Village at GESS 2016 EAL/ESL specialist, Across Cultures, will be showing the Learning Village – an online English language-learning portal for […]
6th December 2015

Have you seen the new NASSEA assessment framework?

NASSEA (Northern Association of Support Service for Equality and Achievement) have recently revised their EAL assessment framework with a few interesting differences. Designed to provide a, […]
6th December 2015

Looking to teach Christmas vocabulary to your new arrivals?

As the season ends and holidays are almost upon us (or in full swing in some cases!) we have provided you with some new Learning Village […]
25th September 2015

Do learners in your school often translate for others?

The lack of a common language between children can be frustrating so we often assign buddies who have a common language to help our learners. Someone […]
14th August 2015

New arrivals… a few tips:

Check out Caroline Scott’s recent article on EAL new arrivals: //www.bismagazine.co.uk/strategic/curriculum_articles/non-native.html
6th August 2015

Teaching students to be good buddies

On the last day of term I asked a student who was leaving her school in London to return to Italy about the best and worst […]
29th June 2015

Do your EAL learners need some help with their spellings?

Authors: Anita Bamberger and Caroline Scott   Many of us learned to spell as children without being specifically taught sounds. In the past, the teaching of […]
30th May 2015

The Role of an EAL Teacher

In previous articles we discussed the need for learners to obtain Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS). These skills need to be the initial focus of learning […]
6th May 2015

The importance of literature

This morning, my 4-year-old woke up and said, “Mummy, there are two languages – child’s language and adult language”. I asked her what she meant and […]
13th April 2015

What more can you do to help your intermediate EAL Learners?

The transition from EAL beginner to intermediate learner can take from one term to a year depending on the learner. A beginner EAL learner is learning […]
2nd March 2015

The Power of Online Learning

Recently we have been looking closely at the power of using online learning through the Learning Village by studying the assessment results of learners who were […]
28th February 2015

Feedback

Feedback is the buzz-word and, as with most things, it is not being reinvented, but constantly readapted. In recent years, we see more formal national approach. […]
4th February 2015

EAL Assessment Continuum

Including a useful EAL Progress Review and links to different EAL assessment continua When teaching EAL, assessment procedures need to be in place in order to […]
30th December 2014

Differentiating Learning

Including some ideas for EAL beginners Whilst reading a book on reclaiming childhood (‘Their name is today’ by Johann Christoph Arnold) the chapter on ‘learning differences […]
24th December 2014

Uprooted: Bridging cultures and celebrating the differences

Including 5 top tips to celebrating differences Last week I saw a film called ‘Shadow in Baghdad’, it was a film that pulled my heart strings. […]
24th December 2014

Valuing Bilingualism (including top tips for use in the classroom)

The language show this year in Olympia made me even more aware of the gift of having more than one language. One of the stand’s motto […]
2nd October 2014

How to Welcome New Arrivals

The start of a new school year can be a daunting experience for new EAL arrivals. Some may be devastated to leave their friends, schools and […]
27th June 2014

One effective method of instigating rapid improvement in speaking, listening, reading and writing

This language learning strategy provides a very powerful platform for rapid progress using a multi-sensory approach: 1. Teach the new language. Ideally, a popular phrase where […]
5th June 2014

What provision do you offer for your new arrivals?

New to English can be supported in many different ways. Here’s one school’s approach: Assessment All learning is based on assessment. Children arrive and sit a […]
5th June 2014

How do you plan successfully for EAL learners? Free planning template

Everyone is talking about differentiation for EAL in whole class teaching, but how do we actually approach it consistently and effectively? At Across Cultures we have […]
22nd May 2014

Intermediate Language Learning Objectives alongside Curriculum Content Learning Objectives

Are your new arrivals now intermediate language learners? The last two Across Cultures books focused on the beginners language learning needs in vocabulary and grammar (presented […]
17th May 2014

Do you know how to create a School Language Profile?

A School Language Profile is an invaluable tool! In the previous article we looked at the thorny issue of EAL learners with specific learning differences (SpLD). […]
5th May 2014

Assessing EAL students for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

What tools are there if you have a sixth sense that something is not quite right? At what point does a teacher start to question whether […]
21st April 2014

How do we help young learners in mainstream schools to become bilingual?

In schools where English is the language of instruction, we welcome new arrivals with limited English – and step by step, they become skilled in speaking […]
21st April 2014

Dual language texts

Is it important for young English language learners to read dual language text? It can be helpful for learners to read texts in both languages. It […]
21st April 2014

Should learners use their mother tongue in the classroom?

The use of children’s home language is another extremely important element of learning a language. Cummins highlighted that: “bilingualism has positive effects on children’s linguistic and […]
30th March 2014

Ten things that you can discuss in class about another country if a child in your care is about to travel

Have a look at these tips on culture change: //www.globalkidsoz.com.au/_things_to_discuss_about_another_country.php Also see an array of multicultural resources on this site as well as a few other […]
3rd March 2014

Teresa McNally, a Year 3 teacher from Tower Hamlets, London, tells us about her experience with a new EAL arrival

Teresa has worked at St John’s C of E for over 2 years. She differentiates for all ability levels but, up to now, she has never […]
26th April 2021

Cloze procedures – Do your EAL pupils need ‘closure’?

What is a cloze procedure? Cloze procedures are tasks where learners fill in the blanks in a text from which entire words have been omitted. Learners […]
29th March 2021

The British School Rio de Janeiro Education Conference 2021

Caroline Scott, of Across Cultures, will be running workshops on all three days of the TBS Education Conference in Rio, on 29th, 30th and 31st March. […]
17th March 2021

EdTech: the Emergency Service for Education in 2020!

It’s now almost exactly a year since the UK education system went into lockdown. The ruling that schools must close to almost all pupils was a […]
3rd March 2021

Do you want to keep your EAL learners engaged while learning remotely?

Lockdown engagement: In January, we commenced another lockdown in the UK and put our recovery curriculum on hold. The question on most of our minds was […]
3rd February 2021

How fluent are your pupils in the language of ‘online English’?

Author: Catherine Brennan, Director, Better Bilingual CIC To mute or unmute? To reply to one or everyone? To use gallery or speaker view? Like it or […]
25th January 2021

BETT Awards 2021: We’ve been shortlisted again

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted in the BETT Awards 2021 for our secondary learning resource – The Islands! The BETT Awards are an […]
4th January 2021

Helping English language learners to achieve the same learning outcomes

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist Teaching in a way that is responsive to the diversity in our classrooms has a huge impact on the learning outcomes […]
13th December 2020

Integrating language and curriculum teaching: a personal perspective

Author: Miranda Howell, EAL Specialist For those of us who are EAL teachers in school, selecting our language learning outcomes is only one consideration in our […]
8th November 2020

Promoting effective student talk – Are we asking the right questions?

Author: Eli Briasco Think about the last lesson you taught to English language learners. I’m sure you did some form of planning beforehand. I imagine you […]
7th October 2020

An approach to EAL assessment

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist Assessment in an EAL context takes many forms. It can be formal (e.g. tests and examinations), informal (e.g. teacher observations) or […]
18th August 2020

EAL Learning – Achieving the right balance

Author: Isabelle Bridger, EAL Specialist As educators, we are naturally reflective creatures, habitually revisiting lessons in our minds to see if we could somehow improve. Could […]
24th July 2020

The Learning Village makes the Teach Secondary 2020 shortlist

We’ve made it to the top again! The Learning Village secondary-level programme – The Islands – has been shortlisted in the Teach Secondary awards 2020. This […]
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