Teacher guidance blog

13th May 2019
Subject Specific

Is Maths really a universal language for EAL learners?

Author: Yasmin Malik, Senior Education Consultant Maths is often a subject that is not given the same priority as others when it comes to the teaching […]
21st March 2019

Try your own ‘Introduce Me’ activity

Author: Stuart Scott This ‘Introduce Me’ activity is a fun and rewarding way to introduce a new topic, while developing language skills. It’s ideally suited to […]
28th February 2019

A pathway for induction-to-English

Author: Caroline Scott In cases where you have an absolute beginner to English, an induction-to-English is supportive. Yes, we need to be differentiating for the curriculum content […]
22nd January 2019

How do I pilot an edtech learning tool? A tool for linking to whole-class teaching

Author: Sarah Jones Introduction Lea Forest, my school in Birmingham, has been using the Learning Village for over three years. It has proved a highly effective learning […]
12th December 2018

EAL Development at Tudor Primary – A school using the Learning Village

Authors: Caroline Scott, Heather Day, Ragini Patel Three years ago, Heather Day, an EAL consultant, contacted us about piloting the Learning Village in an inner London […]
27th November 2018

Friendship building for new arrivals

Author: Caroline Scott The National Learning and Work Institute (2018) completed a randomised controlled trial of a Community-Based English Language intervention aimed at people with very […]
3rd October 2018

How do I pilot an edtech learning tool? Piloting the ‘Sentence Analyser’

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Coordinator How do I pilot a new resource? There is a plethora of things to consider when piloting a new learning resource or […]
5th September 2018

Working with an EAL Development Plan: Steps to create whole school change

Author: Gemma Fanning, Head of EAL How can you take your EAL department forward to play a part in a whole school development strategy? Over the years, […]
13th July 2018
What do I need to consider when teaching note-taking skills?

What do I need to consider when teaching note-taking skills?

Download resource Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher Many researchers agree that note-taking is an important skill, as it facilitates learning from text (Kobayashi 2006, Rahmani and […]
19th June 2018
Marking and Feedback

Marking and Feedback

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

Do you want your EAL learners to become independent and take ownership of their own learning?

Author: Sarah Jones, EALcoordinator Studies have found that learning a skill yourself, and then applying it, not only brings immense personal-satisfaction (among other valuable benefits), but also […]
15th April 2018
My Experience of Bilingual Schools

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, where […]
6th March 2018

How do I use 21st Century Skills with 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? There […]
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

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

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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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

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

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 for some parents, the transition period can be […]
3rd February 2016
Fantastic progress seen by learners using online EAL/ESL language learning portal for new-to-English learners in the mainstream

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?

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?

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?

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:

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

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 back to Italy, the best and worst […]
29th June 2015
Do your EAL learners need some help with their spellings?

Do your EAL learners need some help with their spellings?

Many of us have learnt to spell as a child without being specifically taught the sounds. In the past, the teaching of phonics was discouraged in […]
30th May 2015
The Role of an EAL Teacher

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

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 […]
13th April 2015
What more can you do to help your intermediate EAL Learners?

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

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 […]
4th September 2012
Supporting Entraide UK

Supporting Entraide UK

I am delighted to announce that we have begun a partnership with EntraideUK. EntraideUK is a small charity based in the North of Solihull. Their aims […]
11th September 2012
International Primary Curriculum 5th Annual Southeast Asia Summer School 2015

International Primary Curriculum 5th Annual Southeast Asia Summer School 2015

Across Cultures will be traveling to International Primary Curriculum 5th Annual Southeast  Asia Summer School in Malaysia to talk about EAL teaching with the Learning Village! Come […]
14th September 2012
TES Resource Show 2012

TES Resource Show 2012

14th-15th September 2012, London In September we were at the TES Resource Show in London, Islington. Caroline, Helena and James spent time talking about our main courses, […]
27th September 2012
Special Needs Show 2012 2

Special Needs Show 2012

12th-13th October 2012 Stand 31 – EAL/ESL Teaching Business Design Centre, Islington, London
3rd October 2012
Language Show Live 18-20 Oct 2013

Language Show Live 18-20 Oct 2013

Come and see us at stand 212 at the Language Show Live!
17th October 2012
The Education Show

The Education Show

Come and talk to us at The Education Show from 14th-16th March 2013 at stand K54, Hall 4 near the Publishing Zone
14th December 2012
European Council for International Schools

European Council for International Schools

We joined the international schools community as members of the International Council for International Schools (ECIS). Founded in 1965, ECIS is a global membership organisation that provides professional […]
3rd October 2013
Education Show 2014

Education Show 2014

Join us at stand E10  at the Education Show 20-22 March 2014!
6th October 2013
Next EAL 'Train the Trainer' Course - 4th-6th December 2013

Next EAL ‘Train the Trainer’ Course – 4th-6th December 2013

Are you aiming for outstanding provision for your EAL learners? Send a senior member of staff to become an EAL Teacher Trainer with the tools, manuals […]
23rd November 2013
Five Best Language Learning Tools

Five Best Language Learning Tools

http://lifehacker.com/five-best-language-learning-tools-1448103513?utm_s…
23rd November 2013
This animated history of the English language is wonderful

This animated history of the English language is wonderful

http://boingboing.net/2013/11/14/animated-history-of-the-englis.html Video:
24th November 2013
The Noun Project: interview with the creators of massive icon library

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

http://boingboing.net/2013/11/21/the-noun-project-interview-wi.html