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19th June 2018

Marking and Feedback

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

Giving learners ownership over their learning

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Coordinator   Studies have found that learning a skill yourself, and then applying it, not only brings immense personal satisfaction (among other valuable […]
15th April 2018

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, […]
6th March 2018

21st Century skills for EAL learners

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist   The term 21st Century skills is becoming significantly part of the classroom learning environment, but what exactly does that mean? […]
3rd January 2018

What does a picture tell you?

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Coordinator, Lea Forest Academy “One look is worth a thousand words.” Barnard (1921), Chinese proverb. Images are powerful as they can usually […]
7th December 2017

Raising (self) awareness of neurodiversity: learning about ourselves in comic form

Dr Anne Margaret Smith Truly inclusive practice extends beyond adapting materials or managing the classroom so that everybody can access the course content. It is about […]
2nd November 2017

The importance of the mother tongue in the classroom

In my experience, teachers often have quite strong feelings about the use of a pupil’s L1 (first language) in the classroom – it is either encouraged […]
9th October 2017

Should EAL learners be withdrawn from the mainstream classroom?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist While it can be argued that EAL learners have an entitlement to experience a full and varied curriculum through complete class […]
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

Author: Coreen Sears   Including 5 top tips to celebrating differences Last week I saw a film called ‘Shadow in Baghdad’, it was a film that […]
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 […]
23rd February 2022

Four ways to hook in your EAL learners at the start of a writing lesson

Author: Miranda Howell, EAL Specialist   The traditional way to start a lesson with Secondary school learners is with a ‘do now!’ activity. It works. You get […]
23rd January 2022

The voices that don’t get heard: Why a child’s mother tongue matters in the classroom

Author: Yzanne Mackay   If Katerina spoke in Russian again in the classroom, the teacher warned her, her name would be put on the board and she […]
27th November 2021

Online safety for EAL learners

Author: Yzanne Mackay   Everyone recognises the importance of staying safe online – but it’s not always straightforward. For many of us, computing – including social media, […]
26th September 2021

A holistic approach to recovering lost learning

Author: Isabelle Bridger-Eames, EAL Specialist   Barry and Matthew Carpenter’s ‘Recovery Curriculum’ has many applications for EAL pupils. Their ‘Recovery Curriculum’ was created during the 2021-21 pandemic, […]
16th August 2021

What is EAL? – Talking to other teachers about EAL

Author: Yzanne Mackay   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 […]
10th July 2021

A sense of familiarity in unfamiliar times

Author: Louise Kearns, English Language Specialist Teacher   In March 2020 International Primary School Almere, along with all other schools here in the Netherlands, went into lockdown […]
5th June 2021

Memory strategies for language learners

Author: Dr Anne Margaret Smith   While learning new languages, a lot of information simply needs to be remembered, and we often have to combine new […]
17th May 2021

Teaching pronunciation in a whole language-based classroom

Author: Miranda Howell, EAL Specialist   As school teachers faced with EAL learners in our classrooms, we often push the teaching of phonics down the list, especially […]
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’?

Author: Isabelle Bridger-Eames, EAL Specialist   What is a cloze procedure? Cloze procedures are tasks where learners fill in the blanks in a text from which entire […]
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. […]
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