Across Cultures – EAL Framework

EAL Framework for Schools – 3 day course

New dates: 3rd – 5th February 2021

(contact us for distant learning options)

Does your school have many new and improving English language learners? Do you need these learners to make accelerated progress? Are you responsible for the programme supporting these learners? Have you got the drive and commitment to influence a whole school EAL teaching programme? Do you need the resources and know-how to support this development?

What is the Across Cultures EAL Framework?

This 3-day course provides a key person in your school with training and resources for developing a flexible whole school framework for supporting EAL development. Designed to develop good practice, create consistency across the school and provide flexible resources to support differentiation. This course prepares the participant to deliver a flexible and optional 12-hour course in their school.

Who is the programme designed for?

Experienced Class Teachers, ESL/EAL teachers, School Leadership, Head Teachers to train others in their school.

This course is for supporting teachers of 5-14 year old learners in schools (in the UK or international) where English is the language of instruction.

What resources are included?

This course includes Across Cultures EAL resources: enhanced admissions templates, assessment templates, complete induction-to-English with resources (Teaching Additional Language 5-11: A Whole School Resource File by Caroline Scott, Author & Trainer), class teaching guidelines, suggested in-class methodology and associated language learning strategies, family learning new-to-English induction framework, an EAL handbook template, training presentation and training manual with all the materials for training others to implement this framework in your school.

Additionally, the trainer receives Across Cultures certification as a registered programme trainer that allows them to train others in their school.

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What is the content of this course?

Introducing the context - Understanding what is needed for your learners learning English as an additional language

What it feels like to learn a foreign language without translation
How a newly arrived learner might feel
The major factors hindering students with limited proficiency in English
Factors to consider when young students are learning EAL

Enhanced admissions procedures - Strategies to help new arrivals transition into their school

Understanding cultural readjustments, symptoms of culture shock and methods and resources to ease the transition
How to involve parents, buddies and mentors including resources for buddies and family learning programme
How to adapt admissions procedures to accommodate new arrivals

EAL assessment - Assessing the new arrival’s English language skills

Understanding formative and summative assessment
Knowing simple factors to improve learning through assessment
Learning about baseline assessment
Understanding an EAL assessment continuum

Induction to English, gap filling and pre-teaching

Excellent practice in small group teaching
Planning & teaching for effective, flexible and cross curricular support
Tools to support learning a second language writing systems

Language learning strategies - Using effective language learning strategies with EAL language learners

Knowing some different types of language learning strategies
Knowing how language learning strategies can be used to support learners independently and in class
Knowing activities for learning new vocabulary

Planning and teaching for EAL - Managing, differentiating and planning for beginner/intermediate English language learners in the mainstream classroom

Understanding guiding principles for EAL in the mainstream classroom
Challenges of adjusting learning to suit the issues of globalisation
Knowing about international mindedness and how to bring it into the classroom
How to differentiate and plan for effective EAL learning (for those new to English alongside more fluent learners)
How to provide a cognitively stimulating environment for early language learners
How to use mother tongue to support learning of English
Accommodating EAL learners

Whole school EAL framework - Developing a whole school framework for EAL development

Planning for managing change
Reflecting on EAL support across the school
Developing a whole school EAL action plan proposal to present to school leaders
Creating a EAL department handbook template
  • Anna Szuma
    It was truly amazing training with all of the answers to my questions. I think in my school I will choose some elements from the training to help my colleagues to understand and support more EAL students efficiently across the school. I will try to bring small changes and establish the good practice I have learnt to my school. Thank you for the very useful and inspiring training.
    Anna Szuma
    St Vincent's Academy
  • Christine L. Jacobsen
    This course exceeded my expectations! It's exactly what I needed.
    Christine L. Jacobsen
    English Language Learning Teacher, United Nations International School, New York.
  • Camellia Faiz-Mahdavi
    This training will be effective as I have learnt several strategies for EAL learners. This will hopefully lead to a success rate for those learners who have recently arrived in the country. Finally, I now have a clear outline of what I am going to do once I get back to work with all my action points. Thank you!
    Camellia Faiz-Mahdavi
    Class Teacher/EAL Working Party, Preston Park Primary School
  • Sonia Rutherford
    It will help us on our journey to outstanding!
    Sonia Rutherford
    Headteacher, Ark Oval Primary School, UK
  • Sara Lomas
    I have learnt new strategies to support EAL learners that I will use to assist teachers with students in their classrooms.
    Sara Lomas
    PYP coordinator, International School of Milan
  • Anne-Lise Cooper
    A focused and interesting course covering lots of issues pertinent to my school/role.
    Anne-Lise Cooper
    SEN Teacher, Blankenhagen School, Germany
  • Khadijah Mohamudbucus

    The EAL 'Train the Trainer' course offered extremely content rich resources which were under pinned by research and were very thorough. The trainer was outstanding. It has given me a very comprehensive understanding of the EAL learner, the ways school can help and how to become an advocate. All the solutions are in the book.

    Khadijah Mohamudbucus
    EAL Leader, Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
  • Maria Evans
    This training has been so important. I now feel confident to return to my school, share ideas and resources. I will begin the base line assessment straight away and meet with SLT to share ideas and plan next steps for out school. Thank you so much
    Maria Evans
    EAL support, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • Nicola Hughes
    Lots of ideas to take away!
    Nicola Hughes
    Assistant Headteacher, Filton Avenue Primary School
  • Christie Carson
    Improved knowledge of mainstream class planning and how to marry EAL primary with it. Also much better equipped to help language learners develop their writing skills. Got loads of websites, links, books etc. to go away and look at.
    Christie Carson
    Epsom College, Malaysia
  • Claudia van de Laar-Newson
    Really enjoyed the course, learnt a lot. It was supported with great resources to implement better English support.
    Claudia van de Laar-Newson
    Head of Early Years, The British School of Amsterdam
  • Malini Patel
    Management were really impressed with the way the pupil was supported. Thank you for the ideas
    Malini Patel
    HLTA, Preston Park Primary School
  • Belinda Hobbs
    We covered all areas discussed before the training today, even in such a short period of time. This was a great training that fostered healthy discussions with my colleagues.
    Belinda Hobbs
    Teacher, European School of Strasbourg, France
  • Victoria Cowx
    The training will help us develop a whole school approach, offering consistency and progression.
    Victoria Cowx
    Head of Learning Support, St Christopher's School, Bahrain
  • Kevin Yoon
    This course was exactly what I was looking for! The instructor is very professional, approachable, knowledgeable and excellent! Thank you!
    Kevin Yoon
    Head of EAL Department, ISG Jubail School, Saudi Arabia
  • Amaya Echaide
    The training will provide the school with an outstanding structure for teaching EAL in the mainstream.
    Amaya Echaide
    EAL Teacher, Catton Grove Primary School
  • Ruth Gibson
    The materials that have been provided will be very supportive.
    Ruth Gibson
    Inclusion Coordinator, Highlees Community Primary School
  • Rebecca Staples
    Great course... Good pace - interspersed with hands on activities.
    Rebecca Staples
    West Sussex, Advisory Teacher EMAT Team
  • Lisa Tudehope
    The opportunity to discuss potential EAL concerns and issues was invaluable.
    Lisa Tudehope
    EAL Coordinator, British Embassy School, Turkey
  • Shayla Hafeez

    It was very empowering to be involved in such a high quality CPD provision. The information was key, concise and relevant.  There was ample opportunity to ask questions and explore our own particular challenges. I was able to walk away with an informed strategic overview as well as the tools to deliver training, create an action plan and support staff with effective skills, strategies and resources.

    Shayla Hafeez
    SENCO, Tudor Primary, London
  • Joanna McDonagh

    In the space of 3 days, I learnt a great deal. I would now feel confident to lead an EAL Department and feel I have a strong enough grounding to do this with enough knowledge and skills to be a competent leader of other members of staff.

    Joanna McDonagh
    Grade 4 Class Teacher, International School of Hamburg
  • Michael Beresford-Cooke

    Michael Beresford-Cooke, Primary EAL Coordinator at The British School in Tokyo, found "thinking about a whole school development plan and getting ideas/resources/strategies for supporting EAL learners within the class" the most helpful.

    Michael Beresford-Cooke
    Primary EAL Coordinator, The British School in Tokyo
  • Marlene Pretorius
    It will provide a much better structure and bank of resources to improve EAL learning.
    Marlene Pretorius
    Deputy Head and EAL Teacher, River House Montessori School
  • Ivelina Miteva
    I have the confidence that I'm equipped with strategies, knowledge and advice to train others and share my expertise. The course was everything I was expecting it to be - really useful and beneficial.
    Ivelina Miteva
    EAL Coordinator, Minerva Education, London
  • Paula Bell

    Despite the EAL 'Train the Trainer' course being a very intense and work heavy, it has been brilliant and has equipped me with the language I need to confidently train others in my school and also to implement some of the great practice and resources given on the course.

    Paula Bell
    Barton Hill Academy, Teacher, SLE Languages
  • Maggie Jochimsen

    The range of subjects covered equipped me to begin to create an effective EAL department within my school.

    Maggie Jochimsen
    EAL Coordinator, Swanbourne House School
  • Marcella Meerloo
    We will have great support for teaching staff and pupils and be able to optimise each pupil's opportunity in school, their well being and learning.
    Marcella Meerloo
    Healthy Child Curriculum Leader, Crown Lane School, UK
  • Beatrice Hagstrom
    Lots of valuable facts and information as well as practicing, interactive lessons and materials that are useful to use in the classroom with pupils.
    Beatrice Hagstrom
    Teacher, Staffangymnasiet, Sweden
  • John Musgrave
    Brilliant course Caroline! Thankyou
    John Musgrave
    Deputy Headteacher, Lawdale Junior School
  • OFSTED Report, Re: Across Cultures Consultant

    The consultant who works with pupils who are learning English as an additional language provides effective support and helps those pupils catch up quickly with their peers.

    OFSTED Report, Re: Across Cultures Consultant
    Wood End Academy, UK
  • Rushna Avari
    I will now be able to support and guide/coach staff into using the strategies effectively. The course was good value for money. I think it will help my school by offering a whole school consistency, a clear action plan and support for pupils and staff.
    Rushna Avari
    Assistant Head, Manley Park Primary School
  • Beck Shih
    I am very grateful to be able to get a thorough and detailed planning of EAL in the U.K. from the views of both administrators and teachers. Thank you also for generously sharing with me the resources I requested. The efforts you have made in the workshop is very much appreciated and the materials cherished.
    Beck Shih
    Principal, Shanghai SMIC Private School
  • Caroline Black
    I can't wait to get started! I think it will drastically overhaul EAL provision at my school, from when pupils start with us to when they leave. I think all staff and children will benefit from the training. Thank you Caroline!
    Caroline Black
    Sayes Court Primary School
  • Jamie Alexander
    The resources are very effective and easy to use and it will definitely help my school. I will apply what I have learnt ASAP.
    Jamie Alexander
    Class Teacher, London
  • Gemma Fanning
    This excellent, hands-on course answered all my questions and beyond. Not only did it get me reflecting on my concerns within my school, but also what I need to do in my own teaching to maximise the benefits of EAL learning. I have many ideas to take back and share with my colleagues and I can't wait to put it into practice!
    Gemma Fanning
    EAL Specialist Teacher, Dwight School London
  • Bindu Grover

    The EAL 'Train the Trainer' course is highly recommended for EAL and mainstream teachers for Primary and Secondary teachers in international schools. It offered me a range of resources, strategies and plans to meet the language needs of beginner to advanced EAL learners.

    Bindu Grover
    EAL Coordinator, The British School New Delhi
  • Jill Wilson
    This training is for ALL.
    Jill Wilson
    ELL Teacher, UNIS, New York
  • Malini Patel
    I will be able to identify immediate needs of our school and try to put these in place. Teachers and LSAs will definitely be grateful for the resources and ideas.
    Malini Patel
    HLTA, Preston Park Primary School
  • Jane Keatley
    I really enjoyed the course. Full of new ideas that I hope to implement.
    Jane Keatley
    EAL Teacher, The British School of Amsterdam

EAL Teaching through the Learning Village: Additional session

Short training on the Learning Village:

What is the Learning Village?

Learning Village is a teacher managed, online English language learning curriculum for 6-14 year old learners entering English-speaking schools. It provides tools for learners to make accelerated progress. Offering not only the basics in English language but also a customised curriculum for supporting language learning within the New English National Curriculum, PYP, IPC or other curricula. It includes a bank of 9000+ words including vocabulary and grammar/language structures.

Individual EAL learning programs offering opportunities for learners to...

Practice speaking, listening, reading and writing
Progress at their own rate
Take ownership of their learning
Flexible small group EAL intervention program
Support for targeted EAL whole class teaching – teacher demonstration
Flashcards to support every lesson
Resources that cater for new EAL arrivals
Support for EAL learners in school or at home

Early bird


  • Until 5th December 2020 (+VAT)

Normal price


  • After 5th December 2020 (+VAT)

Bookings need to be made directly to Across Cultures

To book your place on the course, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 118 335 0035, email: [email protected] or click here to download the booking form:

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Courses are held at the University of Reading

The University of Reading is in the English town of Reading, Berkshire. The University was established in 1892 as University College, Reading and received its Royal Charter in 1926. Reading has good transport links to London, Heathrow, Midlands and the North.

All course participants will receive:

Free Wi-Fi and internet access for every delegate • Morning & afternoon refreshments • Healthy buffet lunch • Self service dinner with drink (for all participants on the first night and every night for those staying in the hotel)

The Cedars Hotel

The Cedars Hotel offers bed and breakfast, lunch and self service dinner in the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus. Bedrooms are all are equipped with a flat-screen TV, desk, telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities. Fresh towels, linen and luxury toiletries are also provided.

How to get there:

Car – Drivers should use Car Park 15 opposite the Cedars Hotel and Conference Centre and use either the Pepper Lane entrance or the Shinfield Road entrance. Please find attached parking permit.

Train – Direct trains from London Paddington take about 30 minutes.

Inter-city Bus – RailAir London Heathrow to Reading runs every 20 minutes from all terminals and takes about 50/60 minutes.

Local Bus – Local buses run from outside Reading train station. The following buses go right through into the main University of Reading Whiteknights campus Nos. 20, 20a and 21.

Taxi – Ask the driver for the University of Reading Whiteknights campus The Cedars Hotel & Conference Centre. The cost of a taxi from Reading Station to White knights campus will be approximately £10 to £12.


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