Teacher guidance

24th February 2014

Can we help students to be better language learners?

Helping our students to be better language learners How can the new to English language learners and their teachers work together to provide a successful language […]
23rd February 2014

Uk Info: Can new EAL arrivals be exempt from SATS?

Key Stage 2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements 2014 states: “4.9.4 How children’s test and teacher assessment results are used in the performance tables All children who have […]
16th February 2014

New to English Arrivals Procedure

Here’s a summary (the bare bones) of a procedure that gives you first steps to accomodating for new EAL arrivals. This is for those of you […]
16th February 2014

I am going to work in a school with a high number of EAL learners. What are some key elements I need to consider?

It’s hard to even start to highlight the challenges of teaching EAL students in such a short article but there are a few key areas to […]
12th February 2014

Teachers TV: Engaging Pupils Learning EAL

A few useful tips on supporting  new arrivals, note the induction and the need for both withdrawal and in class learning. Video:
7th February 2014

Welcoming New EAL Arrivals

EAL students are often placed in a situation in which the tools they need for building conceptual understanding of the world (their home language and home […]
2nd February 2014

Ever wished you could translate print to the language of your choice instantly?

Instantly translate printed words using an app! Check this: Word Lens
21st January 2014

One Secondary School’s Approach to New Arrivals

I watched this clip recently and certain elements stood out: Collaborative planning which supported pre teaching EAL learners The use of mentors and a special room […]
13th January 2014

A Recipe for a Successful Start for New Arrivals in School (Part 1) – Free Empathy Cards Attached!

It is Friday morning; the Head teacher comes to tell you that on Monday morning you will have a new student arriving who does not speak […]
29th December 2013

‘Changing shoes’ lesson plan: Putting yourself in the new arrival’s shoes

Scenario: Imagine that you were told you were going to move to a new country (pick a country that has a different written script, such as China, […]
21st December 2013

Progression in Language Structures

Progression in Language Structures is a great document for identfying how content learning can be built on language structures.  Language structures are presented in sentence starters […]
21st December 2013

EAL Assessment Continuum for transitioning EAL learners into the English National Curriculum Levels

This EAL Assessment booklet is produced by NASSEA (National Association of Support Services and Equality & Achievement) and provides a detailed scale which aligns to the National Curriculum: //nassea.org.uk/assessments/ An alternative […]
21st December 2013

Is anyone starting the New Year with a new EAL arrival in their class?

We’d love to hear from you! Where are they from? What langauge do they speak? Do you feel prepared!? Have a look at these videos of new arrivals and how […]
21st December 2013

Giving ownership to young learners through the use of a Remember Book

Supporting the learning of the new language is by no means the only aspect of helping a new arrival to feel ‘at home’ in their new […]
21st December 2013

Do you have a large number of EAL learners aged 3-4?

As a Head of Early Years in an international school following the EYFS and IPC curriculums it has always been important to ensure that the teaching […]
20th December 2013

The story of my Life is who I am

Coreen Sears gives us an insight into her thoughts… ‘The story of my life is who I am’ When Caroline asked me to write something about […]
14th December 2013

Free EAL advice and downloads!

Coming in the New Year… a series of articles with free downloadable teaching tools and resources! They will be written and produced by Jessica Tweedie. Jessica […]
14th December 2013

What do you teach EAL new arrivals with limited English?

If you have EAL new arrivals in your school with limited English, you need a scheme of work that supports them with language learning, alongside the […]
24th November 2013

The Noun Project: interview with the creators of massive icon library

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23rd November 2013

This animated history of the English language is wonderful

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23rd November 2013

Five Best Language Learning Tools

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21st April 2014

Dual language texts

Is it important for young English language learners to read dual language text? It can be helpful for learners to read texts in both languages. It […]
21st April 2014

How do we help young learners in mainstream schools to become bilingual?

In schools where English is the language of instruction, we welcome new arrivals with limited English – and step by step, they become skilled in speaking […]
5th May 2014

Assessing EAL students for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

What tools are there if you have a sixth sense that something is not quite right? At what point does a teacher start to question whether […]
17th May 2014

Do you know how to create a School Language Profile?

A School Language Profile is an invaluable tool! In the previous article we looked at the thorny issue of EAL learners with specific learning differences (SpLD). […]
22nd May 2014

Intermediate Language Learning Objectives alongside Curriculum Content Learning Objectives

Are your new arrivals now intermediate language learners? The last two Across Cultures books focused on the beginners language learning needs in vocabulary and grammar (presented […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
24th December 2014

Uprooted: Bridging cultures and celebrating the differences

Including 5 top tips to celebrating differences Last week I saw a film called ‘Shadow in Baghdad’, it was a film that pulled my heart strings. […]
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 […]
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