Teacher guidance blog New Zealand

30th June 2020

Transitioning between home and school learning: some success stories

Author: Caroline Scott Transitioning successfully between extended home and school learning has been the struggle of every affected school, across the globe, since the onset of […]
4th June 2020

‘Inside The Black Box’ for EAL learners

Author: Isabelle Bridger-Eames, EAL Specialist This article constitutes a discussion on key approaches to AfL, which schools, such as the British School of Kuala Lumpur, have […]
3rd June 2020

Home learning during school closures: A minibeasts project for primary pupils

Author: Catherine Brennan, Better Bilingual As I write this, it is Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May) in the UK, hosted by the Mental Health […]
12th May 2020

Calling home – working with a bilingual support partner (or bilingual teaching assistant or teacher)

Author: Caroline Scott If you have the opportunity to use a bilingual support partner to help families who have learners working from home, it may be […]
21st April 2020

Parents working at home with a learner who is working in another language

Author: Caroline Scott We are all faced with very different learning situations at the moment and home learning has become the current norm. The challenges it […]
4th March 2020
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Mathematics and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Author: Lois Francis, Ethnic Minority Achievement Adviser, Integra Schools, South Gloucestershire Council It is often easier for learners who are new to English to cope with […]
3rd March 2020

We’re GESS Award winners!

At a Gala Dinner in Dubai, the Learning Village was announced SEN Inclusive Resource/Equipment Supplier of the Year 2020. The trophy was presented at the GESS Awards, […]
8th February 2020
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Across Cultures launches ‘The Islands’

In March 2020, Across Cultures will launch the next phase of its highly successful EAL programme – ‘The Islands’. ‘The Islands’ is designed for learners aged […]
31st January 2020
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Across Cultures working with New Zealand schools using the Learning Village

28th January 2020
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What are you doing for International Mother Language Day (IMLD)?

Author: Sarah Jones International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide observance celebrated annually on 21st February. It promotes awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity and […]
27th January 2020

We’re a Top EdTech Tool 2020!

We’re excited to announce that we have been included in Twinkl’s ’37 Top EdTech Tools for 2020′ list!
17th January 2020

We’re GESS award finalists!

We’re delighted to announce that we’re finalists in the GESS awards 2020. The Learning Village has been short-listed in the SEN and Inclusive Resource/Equipment Supplier of […]
7th January 2020
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Teaching a series of EAL Healthy Eating sessions

Author: Yzanne Mackay New Year is a time to take stock – and often to think about making changes. One of the most common New Year’s […]
10th December 2019
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Using musical activities to support language development

Author: Dr. Anne Margaret Smith There are many similarities between music and language, in the way they are organised, processed and produced. Music therefore has enormous […]
19th November 2019

The amazing journey of sixteen six-year-old EAL new arrivals entering the mainstream

Author: Sarah Jones In September 2015, Lea Forest Academy took on an additional class of 16 Year 2 newly arrived EAL children. Eight of these children […]
7th November 2019
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The Learning Village has been shortlisted for the BETT 2020 Awards!

We’ve done it again! The Learning Village has been shortlisted for the BETT 2020 Awards! These prestigious awards celebrate the real creativity and innovation that can […]
24th October 2019

NALDIC Conference 2019

Across Cultures and the Learning Village will be exhibiting at the 27th Annual NALDIC Conference held on 16th November 2019 at King’s College London.  NALDIC’s 27th […]
11th October 2019
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The Learning Village wins a three-star award!

We feel honoured to announce that the Learning Village has won a three-star award in the Teach Primary Awards 2019! It was only four years ago that […]
25th September 2019

Home-school Partnerships: Ideas to engage newly arrived parents

Author: Yzanne Mackay “Parental involvement is invaluable for any new arrival in transition. The learner’s family may be the only group of people who truly understand […]
3rd September 2019

Designing a supportive EAL resource

Authors: Caroline Scott, Yzanne Mackay “Scaffolding is the process a teacher uses to model or demonstrate how to solve a problem (in the case of language […]
19th July 2019

It’s official, we’ve been shortlisted again!

Teach Primary Award: LITERACY/ENGLISH RESOURCE “Resources designed to promote the development of pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary.” This comes swiftly off the back of […]
17th July 2019

Northern Education Show 2019

Across Cultures and the Learning Village will be exhibiting at the Northern Education Show 2019 held on 9th October in Manchester. It is the region’s leading event […]
4th July 2019
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Communication through images

Author: Anita Bamberger When considering the Chinese language, the Chinese proverb ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is apposite. Chinese is a complex language of symbols, […]
2nd July 2019

An English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme

You enjoy teaching and, like every other teacher, you want the best for every learner. Recently, you have found a steady stream of learners coming to […]
5th June 2019

An Edtech Pilot – using the Sentence Analyser

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Co-ordinator   Picking up where we left off! The Sentence Analyser was piloted by the children and staff in the EAL Hub […]
13th May 2019
Subject Specific

Is Maths really a universal language for EAL learners?

Author: Yasmin Malik, Senior Education Consultant Maths is often a subject that is not given the same priority as others when it comes to the teaching […]
21st March 2019

Try your own ‘Introduce Me’ activity

Author: Stuart Scott This ‘Introduce Me’ activity is a fun and rewarding way to introduce a new topic, while developing language skills. It’s ideally suited to […]
28th February 2019

A pathway for induction-to-English

Author: Caroline Scott In cases where you have an absolute beginner to English, an induction-to-English is supportive. Yes, we need to be differentiating for the curriculum content […]
21st February 2019

Across Cultures is an ERA 2019 Finalist!

We’re really excited to tell you that we’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in the Education Resource Awards (ERA) 2019. The news comes hot on the […]
19th February 2019

2019 Multilingual Learning Conference

Across Cultures and the Learning Village will be exhibiting at the 2019 Multilingual Learning Conference on 1st-3rd March in London. The conference will be held at […]
30th January 2019

Education ‘EdWards’ Awards Ceremony

We are honoured to have been awarded an Education EdWard, which acts as Recognition of Evidence Informed Practice. The EdWards are associated with the EDUCATE programme. They […]
29th January 2019

COBIS Annual Conference 2019

Across Cultures and the Learning Village will be exhibiting at the 38th COBIS Annual Conference on 11th-13th May 2019 at the InterContinental London O2 in Greenwich, London. You will […]
22nd January 2019

How do I pilot an edtech learning tool? A tool for linking to whole-class teaching

Author: Sarah Jones Introduction Lea Forest, my school in Birmingham, has been using the Learning Village for over three years. It has proved a highly effective learning […]
12th December 2018

EAL Development at Tudor Primary – A school using the Learning Village

Authors: Caroline Scott, Heather Day, Ragini Patel Three years ago, Heather Day, an EAL consultant, contacted us about piloting the Learning Village in an inner London […]
11th December 2018

Education EdWards

We are honoured to have been awarded an Education EdWard, which acts as Recognition of Evidence Informed Practice. The EdWards are associated with the EDUCATE programme. They […]
11th December 2018

BETT 2019

Across Cultures and the Learning Village will be exhibiting at BETT 2019 at the EDUCATE part of BETT Futures on Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 at Excel […]
4th December 2018

Education Show 2019

Across Cultures and the Learning Village will be exhibiting at the Education Show on 24th-25th January 2019 at Excel London. Designed for the purchase decision makers […]
4th December 2018

EAL Teaching webinars

We will be hosting a number of exciting live webinars revolving all around EAL Teaching. These 45-minute webinars will feature the Learning Village and various other […]
27th November 2018

Friendship building for new arrivals

Author: Caroline Scott The National Learning and Work Institute (2018) completed a randomised controlled trial of a Community-Based English Language intervention aimed at people with very […]
3rd October 2018

How do I pilot an edtech learning tool? Piloting the ‘Sentence Analyser’

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Coordinator How do I pilot a new resource? There is a plethora of things to consider when piloting a new learning resource or […]
5th September 2018

Working with an EAL Development Plan: Steps to create whole school change

Author: Gemma Fanning, Head of EAL How can you take your EAL department forward to play a part in a whole school development strategy? Over the years, […]
3rd September 2018

New company name

We have shortened our name from Across Cultures to Across Cultures, and we have a new domain name: www.axcultures.com. Our email addresses are changing as well, however, […]
6th August 2018

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13th July 2018
What do I need to consider when teaching note-taking skills?

What do I need to consider when teaching note-taking skills?

Download resource Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher Many researchers agree that note-taking is an important skill, as it facilitates learning from text (Kobayashi 2006, Rahmani and […]
19th June 2018
Marking and Feedback

Marking and Feedback

Author: Gemma Fanning EAL Specialist Teacher Marking and feedback is a crucial part of any teacher’s workload, and is essential for EAL learners. The importance of […]
19th May 2018

Do you want your EAL learners to become independent and take ownership of their own learning?

Author: Sarah Jones, EALcoordinator Studies have found that learning a skill yourself, and then applying it, not only brings immense personal-satisfaction (among other valuable benefits), but also […]
8th May 2018
Bedford Borough Council EAL Conference – Thursday 12th July 2018 – Park Inn Bedford

Bedford Borough Council EAL Conference – Thursday 12th July 2018 – Park Inn Bedford

Caroline Scott, author and director at Across Cultures will be giving a keynote speech at the Bedford Borough Council EAL Conference on Thursday 12th July. For […]
15th April 2018
My Experience of Bilingual Schools

My Experience of Bilingual Schools

Author: Anita Bamberger The popularity of bilingual schools is increasing. This can be seen, for example, in the growing number of French schools in London, where […]
5th April 2018

ELT well

Are you interested in research and good practice on EAL learners who have Specific Learning Differences? You can find quite a few resources on Specific Learning […]
5th April 2018

The Language Show

Now in its 30th year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia in 2018 with new dates and improved talks, classes and features. The latest products […]