Teacher guidance blog New Zealand

26th September 2021

A holistic approach to recovering lost learning

Barry and Matthew Carpenter’s ‘Recovery Curriculum’ has many applications for EAL pupils. Their ‘Recovery Curriculum’ was created during the 2021-21 pandemic, over concerns about how learners […]
16th August 2021

Talking to other teachers about EAL

You’re the EAL lead in your school – or a teacher with responsibility for EAL. You’re a class teacher who’s been asked to look into EAL […]
10th July 2021

A sense of familiarity in unfamiliar times

In March 2020 International Primary School Almere, along with all other schools here in the Netherlands, went into lockdown for three weeks. Three weeks, we thought? […]
5th June 2021

Memory strategies for language learners

When learning new languages, a lot of information simply needs to be remembered, and we often have to combine new information with what we already know, […]
17th May 2021

Teaching pronunciation in a whole language-based classroom

As school teachers faced with EAL learners in our classrooms, we often push the teaching of phonics down the list, especially at secondary school level. Yet […]
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 […]
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 […]
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

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

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

Across Cultures working with New Zealand schools using the Learning Village

28th January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]
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