EAL Framework Process for Schools (and school groups) – 4-day virtual course

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  • Are you looking for ways to improve and further develop the provision for the EAL and multilingual learners in your school?
  • Do you need to take the EAL provision in your school to the next level?
  • Do you need the resources and the know-how to implement a whole-school approach to support a high-quality EAL provision?

Across Cultures’ EAL Framework aims to provide teachers with the skills and resources needed to successfully support language learners within the demands of the curriculum and of a multilingual world.

The EAL Framework Process provides a Lead in each school with training and resources (through an EAL Framework Portal) for developing whole-school provision for supporting EAL learning and teaching. It is designed to build expertise and to help EAL teachers take the lead in whole-school development. The process supports the growth of good practice, creates consistency across a school and provides flexible resources to enable enhanced differentiation. It prepares the participant to deliver flexible training in their school and also to start or evolve their own EAL development action plan.


How can the Across Cultures EAL Framework Process help you?

This 4-day virtual course equips a lead person in your school with the skills, knowledge, training and resources to develop a flexible whole-school framework for a high-quality provision for EAL and multilingual learners. The course is designed to develop best EAL practice, create a consistent approach across the schools and provide scaffolded resources to support differentiation in the classroom. Participants start creating an action plan to implement on return to their school. They begin a whole-school EAL development process through audit, reflection, learning and action planning.

How does the virtual course work?

All our courses are heavily interactive, following a system of modelling (with interaction) and collaborative group activities. We achieve this through using special supported breakout rooms for different users, as well as by collaborating on shared drives during the day. We aim to develop a sense of community with the other participants, wherever you are located.

All courses have sufficient breaks built into the day to ensure you get time to digest information and make yourself a coffee, lunch or snack. You will receive access to an online EAL Portal, where all resources are accessible.

If you need technical support, there will be a registration period of an hour, where participants can learn more about their online environment and how to engage with it. Please note that we often provide a special room dedicated to those needing a little extra IT support.


Who is this course for?

The course is designed for experienced class teachers, EAL Coordinators, Heads of EAL, ESL/EAL teachers, school leadership and head teachers to train others in their school.

This course supports teachers of 6-16 year-old learners in schools (in the UK or internationally) where English is the language of instruction.

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What resources are included in the course?

This course includes Across Cultures EAL resources:

  • Access to the EAL Framework Process Online Portal
  • Access to the EAL Framework Rubric
  • Enhanced admissions templates
  • Assessment templates
  • Complete induction-to-English resources
  • Class teaching guidelines
  • Suggested in-class methodology and associated language learning strategies
  • Family Learning new-to-English Induction Framework
  • An EAL handbook template
  • Language policy guidance and template
  • Training presentation and training materials, with all the materials necessary for supporting others in implementing this framework in your school.

Additionally, the participant receives an Across Cultures certificate allowing them to train staff in their school in the course strands.

Bookings need to be made directly to Across Cultures

To book your place on the course, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 118 335 0035, email: [email protected] or download the relevant booking form below.

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Virtual Learning

What is the content of the EAL Framework Course?

Introducing the context - Understanding what is needed for your learners learning English as an additional language

What it feels like to learn a foreign language without translation
How a newly arrived learner might feel
The major factors hindering students with limited proficiency in English
Factors to consider when young students are learning EAL

Enhanced admissions procedures - Strategies to help new arrivals transition into their school

Understanding cultural readjustments, symptoms of culture shock and methods and resources to ease the transition
How to involve parents, buddies and mentors, including resources for buddies and a family learning programme
How to adapt admissions procedures to accommodate new arrivals

EAL assessment - Assessing the new arrival’s English language skills

Understanding formative and summative assessment
Knowing simple factors to improve learning through assessment
Learning about baseline assessment
Understanding an EAL assessment continuum

Induction to English, gap filling and pre-teaching

Developing excellent practice in small-group teaching
How to plan and teach for effective, flexible and cross curricular support
Using tools to support learning a second language writing systems

Language learning strategies - Using effective language learning strategies with EAL language learners

Knowing some different types of language learning strategies
Knowing how language learning strategies can be used to support learners independently and in class
Knowing activities for learning new vocabulary

Planning and teaching for EAL - Managing, differentiating and planning for beginner/intermediate English language learners in the mainstream classroom

Understanding guiding principles for EAL in the mainstream classroom
Addressing the challenges of adjusting learning for globalisation
Knowing about international mindedness and how to bring it into the classroom
Learning how to differentiate and plan for effective EAL learning (for those new-to-English, alongside more fluent learners)
Knowing how to provide a cognitively stimulating environment for early language learners
Knowing how to use mother tongue to support learning of English
Understanding how to accommodate EAL learners

Whole-school EAL framework - Developing a whole-school framework for EAL development

Planning for managing change
Reflecting on EAL support across the school
Developing a whole-school EAL action plan proposal to present to school leaders
Creating an EAL department handbook template
  • Daniele Sinniger

    This 3 day whole school approach focuses on what our multilingual learners need. It empowers schools to consider the journey of each EAL student, from new to English to exiting the EAL programme. The course materials are clear and user friendly. Caroline and her competent team shared their extensive knowledge with us and are truly inspirational. Thank you!

    Daniele Sinniger
    IPS Hilversum
  • Annie Bielby

    Excellent, informative information and highly relevant to school development.

    Annie Bielby
    Swansea Local Authority
  • 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
  • Jamie Alexander
    The resources are very effective and easy to use and it will definitely help my school. I will apply what I have learnt ASAP.
    Jamie Alexander
    Class Teacher, London
  • Gemma Fanning
    This excellent, hands-on course answered all my questions and beyond. Not only did it get me reflecting on my concerns within my school, but also what I need to do in my own teaching to maximise the benefits of EAL learning. I have many ideas to take back and share with my colleagues and I can't wait to put it into practice!
    Gemma Fanning
    EAL Specialist Teacher, Dwight School London
  • Victoria Cowx
    The training will help us develop a whole school approach, offering consistency and progression.
    Victoria Cowx
    Head of Learning Support, St Christopher's School, Bahrain
  • Beatrice Hagstrom
    Lots of valuable facts and information as well as practicing, interactive lessons and materials that are useful to use in the classroom with pupils.
    Beatrice Hagstrom
    Teacher, Staffangymnasiet, Sweden
  • Michael Beresford-Cooke

    Michael Beresford-Cooke, Primary EAL Coordinator at The British School in Tokyo, found "thinking about a whole school development plan and getting ideas/resources/strategies for supporting EAL learners within the class" the most helpful.

    Michael Beresford-Cooke
    Primary EAL Coordinator, The British School in Tokyo
  • Sonia Rutherford
    It will help us on our journey to outstanding!
    Sonia Rutherford
    Headteacher, Ark Oval Primary School, UK
  • Ruth Gibson
    The materials that have been provided will be very supportive.
    Ruth Gibson
    Inclusion Coordinator, Highlees Community Primary School
  • Jane Keatley
    I really enjoyed the course. Full of new ideas that I hope to implement.
    Jane Keatley
    EAL Teacher, The British School of Amsterdam
  • Rebecca Staples
    Great course... Good pace - interspersed with hands on activities.
    Rebecca Staples
    West Sussex, Advisory Teacher EMAT Team
  • Valentina Spyropoulou

    The whole course is the most thorough and up-to-date EAL course I have ever attended. You covered every single aspect of EAL with a perspective that also supports whole-school literacy. Well done and thank you for all this hard work and all these wonderful resources.

    Valentina Spyropoulou
    EAL Coordinator, Optimist international school
  • Anne-Lise Cooper
    A focused and interesting course covering lots of issues pertinent to my school/role.
    Anne-Lise Cooper
    SEN Teacher, Blankenhagen School, Germany
  • Beck Shih
    I am very grateful to be able to get a thorough and detailed planning of EAL in the U.K. from the views of both administrators and teachers. Thank you also for generously sharing with me the resources I requested. The efforts you have made in the workshop is very much appreciated and the materials cherished.
    Beck Shih
    Principal, Shanghai SMIC Private School
  • Kirk Shuttleworth

    Outstanding course. The amount of ideas and resources I have to take back to develop in my school is amazing! There have been bits in all strands of learning that I will be using. A whole-school approach to a new way of looking at EAL is under way and in development thanks to this course.

    Kirk Shuttleworth
    EAL Lead, Rounds Green Primary
  • Bindu Grover

    The EAL 'Train the Trainer' course is highly recommended for EAL and mainstream teachers for Primary and Secondary teachers in international schools. It offered me a range of resources, strategies and plans to meet the language needs of beginner to advanced EAL learners.

    Bindu Grover
    EAL Coordinator, The British School New Delhi
  • Caroline Klejdys-Lord

    By day three I feel like I am suitably up-skilled and ready to change the school’s approach to EAL learners. I will use parts of every strand in my practice.

    Caroline Klejdys-Lord
    Deputy Head, Christ Church Primary School
  • Paula Bell

    Despite the EAL 'Train the Trainer' course being very intense and work heavy, it has been brilliant and has equipped me with the language I need to confidently train others in my school and also to implement some of the great practice and resources given on the course.

    Paula Bell
    Barton Hill Academy, Teacher, SLE Languages
  • Sara Lomas

    I have learnt new strategies to support EAL learners that I will use to assist teachers with students in their classrooms.

    Sara Lomas
    PYP Coordinator, International School of Milan
  • Christine L. Jacobsen
    This course exceeded my expectations! It's exactly what I needed.
    Christine L. Jacobsen
    English Language Learning Teacher, United Nations International School, New York.
  • Thomas Finlayson

    Dedicated course staff, hard-working and using research. Great takeaways.

    Thomas Finlayson
    EAL Coordinator, International school of Geneva
  • Leonie van Eijnden

    Given me lots of confidence to do this and in a step-by-step way.

    Leonie van Eijnden
    EAL Teacher, IPS Hilversum
  • Marcella Meerloo
    We will have great support for teaching staff and pupils and be able to optimise each pupil's opportunity in school, their well being and learning.
    Marcella Meerloo
    Healthy Child Curriculum Leader, Crown Lane School, UK
  • Anna Szuma
    It was truly amazing training with all of the answers to my questions. I think in my school I will choose some elements from the training to help my colleagues to understand and support more EAL students efficiently across the school. I will try to bring small changes and establish the good practice I have learnt to my school. Thank you for the very useful and inspiring training.
    Anna Szuma
    St Vincent's Academy
  • Kevin Yoon
    This course was exactly what I was looking for! The instructor is very professional, approachable, knowledgeable and excellent! Thank you!
    Kevin Yoon
    Head of EAL Department, ISG Jubail School, Saudi Arabia
  • Amaya Echaide
    The training will provide the school with an outstanding structure for teaching EAL in the mainstream.
    Amaya Echaide
    EAL Teacher, Catton Grove Primary School
  • Camellia Faiz-Mahdavi
    This training will be effective as I have learnt several strategies for EAL learners. This will hopefully lead to a success rate for those learners who have recently arrived in the country. Finally, I now have a clear outline of what I am going to do once I get back to work with all my action points. Thank you!
    Camellia Faiz-Mahdavi
    Class Teacher/EAL Working Party, Preston Park Primary School
  • OFSTED Report, Re: Across Cultures Consultant

    The consultant who works with pupils who are learning English as an additional language provides effective support and helps those pupils catch up quickly with their peers.

    OFSTED Report, Re: Across Cultures Consultant
    Wood End Academy, UK
  • Marlene Pretorius
    It will provide a much better structure and bank of resources to improve EAL learning.
    Marlene Pretorius
    Deputy Head and EAL Teacher, River House Montessori School
  • Malini Patel
    Management were really impressed with the way the pupil was supported. Thank you for the ideas
    Malini Patel
    HLTA, Preston Park Primary School
  • Rushna Avari
    I will now be able to support and guide/coach staff into using the strategies effectively. The course was good value for money. I think it will help my school by offering a whole school consistency, a clear action plan and support for pupils and staff.
    Rushna Avari
    Assistant Head, Manley Park Primary School
  • Jill Wilson
    This training is for ALL.
    Jill Wilson
    ELL Teacher, UNIS, New York
  • Belinda Hobbs
    We covered all areas discussed before the training today, even in such a short period of time. This was a great training that fostered healthy discussions with my colleagues.
    Belinda Hobbs
    Teacher, European School of Strasbourg, France
  • Caroline Black
    I can't wait to get started! I think it will drastically overhaul EAL provision at my school, from when pupils start with us to when they leave. I think all staff and children will benefit from the training. Thank you Caroline!
    Caroline Black
    Sayes Court Primary School
  • Malini Patel
    I will be able to identify immediate needs of our school and try to put these in place. Teachers and LSAs will definitely be grateful for the resources and ideas.
    Malini Patel
    HLTA, Preston Park Primary School
  • Nicola Hughes
    Lots of ideas to take away!
    Nicola Hughes
    Assistant Headteacher, Filton Avenue Primary School
  • Maggie Jochimsen

    The range of subjects covered equipped me to begin to create an effective EAL department within my school.

    Maggie Jochimsen
    EAL Coordinator, Swanbourne House School
  • Sara Davidson

    There was so much information and knowledge in this course, it was amazing and so very helpful for our learning journey as a school. Caroline and Gemma are fantastic facilitators!

    Sara Davidson
    EAL Coordinator, International school of Älmhult
  • Ivelina Miteva
    I have the confidence that I'm equipped with strategies, knowledge and advice to train others and share my expertise. The course was everything I was expecting it to be - really useful and beneficial.
    Ivelina Miteva
    EAL Coordinator, Minerva Education, London
  • Khadijah Mohamudbucus

    The EAL 'Train the Trainer' course offered extremely content rich resources which were under pinned by research and were very thorough. The trainer was outstanding. It has given me a very comprehensive understanding of the EAL learner, the ways school can help and how to become an advocate. All the solutions are in the book.

    Khadijah Mohamudbucus
    EAL Leader, Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
  • Lisa Tudehope
    The opportunity to discuss potential EAL concerns and issues was invaluable.
    Lisa Tudehope
    EAL Coordinator, British Embassy School, Turkey
  • John Musgrave
    Brilliant course Caroline! Thankyou
    John Musgrave
    Deputy Headteacher, Lawdale Junior School
  • Joanna McDonagh

    In the space of 3 days, I learnt a great deal. I would now feel confident to lead an EAL Department and feel I have a strong enough grounding to do this with enough knowledge and skills to be a competent leader of other members of staff.

    Joanna McDonagh
    Grade 4 Class Teacher, International School of Hamburg
  • Shayla Hafeez

    It was very empowering to be involved in such a high quality CPD provision. The information was key, concise and relevant.  There was ample opportunity to ask questions and explore our own particular challenges. I was able to walk away with an informed strategic overview as well as the tools to deliver training, create an action plan and support staff with effective skills, strategies and resources.

    Shayla Hafeez
    SENCO, Tudor Primary, London
  • Alba Rosas

    An essential and fundamental course for schools and teachers who work with EAL children.

    Alba Rosas
    Head of Inclusion, Harrow Haikou International school
  • Claudia van de Laar-Newson
    Really enjoyed the course, learnt a lot. It was supported with great resources to implement better English support.
    Claudia van de Laar-Newson
    Head of Early Years, The British School of Amsterdam
  • Maria Evans
    This training has been so important. I now feel confident to return to my school, share ideas and resources. I will begin the base line assessment straight away and meet with SLT to share ideas and plan next steps for out school. Thank you so much
    Maria Evans
    EAL support, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • Christie Carson
    Improved knowledge of mainstream class planning and how to marry EAL primary with it. Also much better equipped to help language learners develop their writing skills. Got loads of websites, links, books etc. to go away and look at.
    Christie Carson
    Epsom College, Malaysia

EAL Teaching through the Learning Village: Additional session

During the course, there will be a short introduction to the Learning Village and how its resources can be used to support assessment of English proficiency, induction to English, and the teaching of reading and differentiation in the classroom for EAL and multilingual learners.

What is the Learning Village? (www.learningvillage.net)
An award-winning blended platform for teaching vocabulary, language structure and reading to learners of any language background through image as the language of instruction.

What is AssessEP (www.learningvillage.net/assess)
An English proficiency assessment tool to assess reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. It provides levels aligned to BELL, CEFR, WIDA and other EAL continuua.

How can the Learning Village support you, your school and your learners?

  • With everyday and survival vocabulary and language structures
  • With academic language to access the curriculum
  • With phonics and spelling to accelerate reading and writing
  • With reading fluency lessons to practise survival language
  • With scaffolded and customisable printable resources to support differentiation in class
  • With practice in speaking, listening and understanding

Individual EAL learning programmes offering

Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing
Ability for learners to process at their own rate
Opportunities for learners to take ownership of their learning
Flexible small-group EAL intervention resources
Support for targeted whole-class EAL teaching – with teacher demonstration
Flashcards to support every lesson
Resources to cater for new EAL arrivals
Support for EAL learners in school or at home