Teacher guidance blog New Zealand

7th December 2017
Raising (self) awareness of neurodiversity: learning about ourselves in comic form

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 […]
6th November 2017
How does ABC International School use the Learning Village? 1

How does ABC International School use the Learning Village?

Academia Británica Cuscatleca (ABC) in El Salvador joined the Learning Village in April 2015.  However, they weren’t fully active across Upper Primary until Across Cultures came to their […]
2nd November 2017

The importance of the mother tongue in the classroom

Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher In my experience, teachers often have quite strong feelings about the use of a pupil’s L1 (first language) in the classroom […]
2nd November 2017
BETT AWARDS FINALIST 2018

BETT AWARDS FINALIST 2018

Announced today: www.LearningVillage.net – BETT Awards Finalists 2018… Whole school aids for learning, teaching and assessment. It’s been a long journey from creation to piloting to […]
9th October 2017
What provision do you offer for your new arrivals?

Should EAL learners be withdrawn from the mainstream classroom?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?

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?

Collaborative learning – how do I group learners for the most effective learning experiences?

Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher When we attempt to facilitate effective communication or collaborative learning between pairs or groups, we must acknowledge that our pupils are not […]
5th September 2017
NALDIC Conference

NALDIC Conference 25. Educating multilingual learners in the 21st Century – November 18th

NALDIC’s 25th annual conference will consider the current state of play in the education of multilingual learners in the UK and implications for our work and […]
28th July 2017

Collaborative Learning

For those of you that aren’t familiar 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

The importance of collaborative planning

Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher Although Inclusion is a central theme of UK policy, there are limited directives on EAL provision in mainstream classes (Costley 2014) This […]
21st June 2017

How do I use nonfiction texts to inspire and engage my EAL learners?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Learners are often faced with the challenge of carrying out research for their class project work, and often schools invest heavily into […]
23rd May 2017
What games work well in the language learning class?

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 (2012) […]
22nd May 2017
'EAL Teaching through the Learning Village' - Implementation course, London 27th Sept

‘EAL Teaching through the Learning Village’ – Implementation course, London 27th Sept

Next course: Wednesday 27th September 2017 St Mark’s Primary School, Mitcham, Surrey This 1-day course provides targeted online and offline EAL learning for 6-14 year old English […]
25th April 2017
How do I structure play to support language learning?

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. […]
1st April 2017

‘Supporting English Language Learners’ EAL Conference

Birmingham – May 15th 2017 CPD for EAL Leaders in schools – Keynote speech from the lead Ofsted inspector for EAL, followed by a number of […]
21st March 2017
Do you need to know if EAL new arrivals in the UK should sit KS2 SATS?

Do you need to know if EAL new arrivals in the UK should sit KS2 SATS?

5.5 Pupils with English as an additional language Pupils with EAL must be registered for the KS2 tests even if there is a valid reason why […]
15th March 2017
Support EAL/ESL learners in your IPC units - Webinar

Support EAL/ESL learners in your IPC units – Webinar

We are pleased to invite you to join our live webinar! Planning to support EAL/ESL learners in your IPC units Do you have students with low-level […]
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 to work with the command […]
25th February 2017
'EAL Teaching through the Learning Village' - Implementation course, London 18th May

‘EAL Teaching through the Learning Village’ – Implementation course, Birmingham 8th June

Next course: Tuesday 8th June 2017 Lea forest Academy, Hurstcroft Rd, Birmingham B33 9RB This 1-day course provides targeted online and offline EAL learning for 6-14 […]
25th February 2017
'EAL Teaching through the Learning Village' - Implementation course, Worcester 5th April

‘EAL Teaching through the Learning Village’ – Implementation course, Worcester 5th April

Next course: Wednesday 5th April 2017 University of Worcester, Edward Elgar Building, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ This 1-day course provides targeted online and offline EAL […]
25th February 2017
'EAL Teaching through the Learning Village' - Implementation course, London 18th May

‘EAL Teaching through the Learning Village’ – Implementation course, London 18th May

Next course: Thursday 18th May 2017 Coventry University London, University House, 109-117 Middlesex Street, London E1 7JF This 1-day course provides targeted online and offline EAL […]
9th February 2017
Why not try some new ideas to inspire story-telling with your EAL learners?

Why not try some new ideas to inspire story-telling with your EAL learners?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist ‘Stories and storytelling are fundamental to the human experience.’ Nunan (2012). Stories help our learners to understand their world and to […]
30th January 2017
Citizenship, Language & Learning Conference, Friday 17th March - Wolverhampton

Citizenship, Language & Learning Conference, Friday 17th March – Wolverhampton

The conference will encompass the various aspects of the Citizenship, Language & Learning team’s work with schools: EAL, Literacy, Prevent & Fundamental British Values. There will […]
16th January 2017
Introduction to 'EAL Teaching through the Learning Village' workshop

Introduction to ‘EAL Teaching through the Learning Village’ workshop

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 9am – 3pm CEME Conference Centre, Marsh Way, Rainham RM13 8EU Caroline Scott, Author & Director at Across Cultures will be running […]
5th January 2017
How do I support EAL learners with mathematical language?

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 be a difficulty for EAL students […]
1st January 2017
EAL data collection dates (England)

EAL data collection dates (England)

Schools in England & Wales will be expected to submit proficiency codes for EAL children in the census on the following dates (2016-2017):Autumn census – first […]
11th December 2016
What useful holiday homework can I set my intermediate EAL Learners?

What useful holiday homework can I set my intermediate EAL Learners?

Author: Anita Bamberger, EAL Specialist Holidays and homework seem incongruous especially for the EAL students who need to concentrate extra hard in order to understand curriculum content. […]
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. An additional adult may be a […]
27th October 2016
How do I support EAL parents during parents evening?

How do I support EAL parents during parents evening?

Parents are integral to schooling for any child, and one of the key opportunities to discuss how a child is developing is during parents evening (Macbeth, […]
30th September 2016
ESL & Mother Tongue Conference, Copenhagen, 3-5th March 2017 1

ESL & Mother Tongue Conference, Copenhagen, 3-5th March 2017

This year we will have a stand at the ESL & Mother Tongue Conference. This event will be celebrating the Power of Multilingual Classrooms in International […]
14th September 2016
Learning Village learner experience explained... 2

Learning Village learner experience explained…

We have created a video to provide you with clear instruction on the Learning Village learner experience. Have a look!
29th August 2016
EAL Learners: First steps in identifying dyslexia (and other specific learning differences)

EAL Learners: First steps in identifying dyslexia (and other specific learning differences)

Sometimes our students who have English as an additional language seem to be having more difficulty than expected developing their language, and accessing the rest of […]
4th July 2016
NALDIC Conference

NALDIC Conference

We will be showing EAL teaching through the Learning Village at this year’s NALDIC conference:“One size fits all? Addressing diversity in EAL” The conference will consider […]
4th July 2016

Why should we use an EAL Learning Record?

Most schools with early stage learners of English will have some form of guided reading record. This record supports the learner, parents and the teacher in […]
16th June 2016
Can you help? Research project on maths and reading among EAL learners

Can you help? Research project on maths and reading among EAL learners

Researchers from the Institute of Education at the University of Reading are looking for schools willing to take part in a research project on maths and […]
16th June 2016

UK, EAL Proficiency Codes

If you are a UK school and were not already aware, the DfE announced EAL grading as part of school census, UK (click here for more […]
16th June 2016

IPC Festival of Learning, London

Come and chat to us at the IPC Summer School, London, from Wednesday 27 July – Friday 29 July 16: Click here!
16th June 2016
Supporting Vulnerable Children

Supporting Vulnerable Children

Thanks to LPH for a great opportunity to talk about EAL case studies recently. 
16th June 2016

EAL conference for mainstream teachers

Across Cultures will be exhibiting the Learning Village in an EAL conference for mainstream teachers in Hull, 1st July 16 (see below). This will be a […]
16th June 2016

Multiplayer here we come…!

Multiplayer feature – we are in our fourth round of piloting the multiplayer function on the Learning Village (www.learningvillage.net) and it’s likely to be ready in […]
16th June 2016

Scaffolding writing for teens, including a sample writing frame which can be used as a simple scaffold!

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Teacher, Dwight School London Writing essays and short stories at secondary level can be a daunting experience but when you are asked […]
27th May 2016

Free focus on languages…

The latest edition of the International Schools Magazine is now out with a special focus on language learning. Notable articles on language include:-Determining the language profile […]
11th May 2016

Synthetic versus Analytical Phonics: Which is best for my EAL students?

In the last edition, we considered the importance of not using a Whole Language approach in isolation as a primary method of literacy instruction, but rather […]
29th April 2016
Supporting Vulnerable Children

Supporting Vulnerable Children

Caroline Scott, Director, at Across Cultures will be delivering a keynote at the Supporting Vulnerable Children Conference Friday 20th May Leicester University, Stamford Court, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 […]
7th April 2016
Should I teach my EAL learners phonics? If so, how? 2

Should I teach my EAL learners phonics? If so, how?

Should I teach my EAL learners phonics? If so, how? As educational pedagogies continue to move cyclically, with new strategies moving in and out of favour, […]
5th April 2016
Are your young learners interpreting for adults?

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 […]
4th April 2016
Across Cultures Director, Caroline Scott, will be part of the judging panel for the ESU Awards.

Across Cultures Director, Caroline Scott, will be part of the judging panel for the ESU Awards.

The ESU is a unique global educational charity and membership organisation that brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and […]
3rd April 2016

Next EAL ‘Train the Trainer’ Course, 13th-15th July 2016

Early bird rate ends 29th April 2016 Would your school benefit from a comprehensive reflection on how you support EAL across the curriculum? Send a senior […]
3rd April 2016
We are one world and one team...

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?

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 aren’t a set of language […]