EAL Teaching Newsletter Authors


Emma Mijailovic

Emma Mijailovic has many years’ experience providing differentiated EAL provision for all key stages, in a range of contexts. She currently works at an international school in Milan, Italy, as an EAL teacher, working with over 40 nationalities. She has also had significant involvement in leading the EAL department in the Senior School. Emma has a genuine interest in second language acquisition following her own experience of learning Italian, for academic purposes at university. Emma first obtained her young learner extension to the Cambridge CELTA certificate in 2010, and then went on to complete her Cambridge DELTA diploma. She has also completed the TESMC (Teaching ESL in Mainstream Classes) course, which is accredited by the Australian government. Most recently, Emma has completed her MA in TESOL through the London Institute of Education – University College London.


Gemma Fanning

Gemma has worked as a secondary school teacher for a number of years and holds an MA in Teaching English to Young Learners with an Action Research project on the use of multi-sensory phonics for struggling readers. Gemma currently teaches at an International School in North London, working with secondary school level students. In addition to teaching in London, Gemma has also taught EAL internationally in China and Italy. Gemma is a former committee member for IATEFL's Young Learners and Teens SIG and has led workshops on teaching English as a foreign language to Young Learners both in the UK and Overseas. Gemma is the co-editor for the IATEFL Book (Published by Garnet Education) Teaching English to Young Learners and Teens - From Research to Practice and author of the chapter Teaching Teenagers One-to-One.

Anita Bamberger

Anita Bamberger-Hayim writes of many articles for the EAL Teaching Newsletter. Anita holds a B.Ed Honours in EAL, French and drama, a BA in English and an MA in linguistics. She has also trained as a court interpreter, a Spanish teacher and a parenting facilitator. Her thesis on bilingualism triggered a fascination for second language acquisition, the importance of mother- tongue and a person's culture all of which underpin her teaching philosophy. She has written several articles on the importance of mother tongue for international newspapers as well as contributing a chapter in the book Welcoming Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Classrooms edited by Edna Murphy. Her teaching experience has involved teaching English in major French companies, setting up English initiation programs in French schools, teaching languages in several schools in London including the American school of London. She ran and developed the EAL department at Southbank International school for several years.


Dr Anne Margaret Smith

Dr Anne Margaret Smith has taught English for 30 years in Kenya, Germany, Sweden and the UK. For the last 20 years she has combined this with working as a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor. She founded ELT well with the intention of bringing together best practice from the two fields of English Language Teaching and Specific Learning Difference support. She now offers resources and training to teachers, as well as specialist 1:1 teaching to dyslexic learners.

Anne Margaret was part of the team that produced the ELTon-award winning teacher education programme: ‘dysTEFL’ (www.dystefl.eu). With Judit Kormos she is the co-author of ‘Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences’ (2012; Bristol: Multilingual Matters) and with Anastasia Metallinou she is developing ‘English Sounds Fun’: an holistic and self-contained programme for teaching EFL to dyslexic learners.

She has also developed assessment tools for identifying dyslexia and other SpLDs in multilingual learners (‘Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners’ – CAML), and most recently has been working on a collection of musical activities to support language and literacy development ('Language Learning and Musical Activities' - LLAMA)

You can find out more about these CPD opportunities and materials from the ELT well website

Colette Forrest

Research outcomes published here were undertaken as part of a Masters in Education and Professional Practice at Glasgow University. Colette is currently working at an international school in Qatar.

Jessica Tweedie

Jessica Tweedie is a primary trained teacher with 17 years experience as an EAL specialist teacher. Having worked in over 22 schools she has experienced both being employed as a dedicated EAL teacher in one school and peripatetically across authorities as part of an EAL team. Her career has spanned working both nationally in the English mainstream and internationally in Southern and East Africa in International schools (both IBO and British). She has experience of working as a manager and setting up systems that work for the EAL learner and has always ensured that she continues to be a practising EAL teacher, exploring new ideas and methods to enable students to access the curriculum - in both pull-out and push-in lessons and always working in partnership with mainstream colleagues. She has recently moved back from East Africa and, after working as an EAL Co-ordinator in Oxford, UK, she is now an Assistant Head. Jessica has written some of our articles to provide our community with some online advice and tools to support you in the classroom.

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