Teacher guidance blog

26th September 2021
Recovery

A holistic approach to recovering lost learning

Barry and Matthew Carpenter’s ‘Recovery Curriculum’ has many applications for EAL pupils. Their ‘Recovery Curriculum’ was created during the 2021-21 pandemic, over concerns about how learners […]
16th August 2021
Language learning brainstorm

Talking to other teachers about EAL

You’re the EAL lead in your school – or a teacher with responsibility for EAL. You’re a class teacher who’s been asked to look into EAL […]
10th July 2021

A sense of familiarity in unfamiliar times

In March 2020 International Primary School Almere, along with all other schools here in the Netherlands, went into lockdown for three weeks. Three weeks, we thought? […]
5th June 2021
Memory strategy

Memory strategies for language learners

When learning new languages, a lot of information simply needs to be remembered, and we often have to combine new information with what we already know, […]
17th May 2021
Pronunciation practising

Teaching pronunciation in a whole language-based classroom

As school teachers faced with EAL learners in our classrooms, we often push the teaching of phonics down the list, especially at secondary school level. Yet […]
26th April 2021
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Cloze procedures – Do your EAL pupils need ‘closure’?

What is a cloze procedure? Cloze procedures are tasks where learners fill in the blanks in a text from which entire words have been omitted. Learners […]
17th March 2021
Edtech: Learner learning remotely

EdTech: the Emergency Service for Education in 2020!

It’s now almost exactly a year since the UK education system went into lockdown. The ruling that schools must close to almost all pupils was a […]
3rd March 2021
engagement: learner on laptop

Do you want to keep your EAL learners engaged while learning remotely?

Lockdown engagement: In January, we commenced another lockdown in the UK and put our recovery curriculum on hold. The question on most of our minds was […]
3rd February 2021
Girl learning remotely

How fluent are your pupils in the language of ‘online English’?

Author: Catherine Brennan, Director, Better Bilingual CIC To mute or unmute? To reply to one or everyone? To use gallery or speaker view? Like it or […]
4th January 2021
Girls studying

Helping English language learners to achieve the same learning outcomes

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist Teaching in a way that is responsive to the diversity in our classrooms has a huge impact on the learning outcomes […]
13th December 2020
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Integrating language and curriculum teaching: a personal perspective

Author: Miranda Howell, EAL Specialist For those of us who are EAL teachers in school, selecting our language learning outcomes is only one consideration in our […]
8th November 2020

Promoting effective student talk – Are we asking the right questions?

Author: Eli Briasco Think about the last lesson you taught to English language learners. I’m sure you did some form of planning beforehand. I imagine you […]
7th October 2020

An approach to EAL assessment

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist Assessment in an EAL context takes many forms. It can be formal (e.g. tests and examinations), informal (e.g. teacher observations) or […]
18th August 2020

EAL Learning – Achieving the right balance

Author: Isabelle Bridger, EAL Specialist As educators, we are naturally reflective creatures, habitually revisiting lessons in our minds to see if we could somehow improve. Could […]
30th June 2020

Transitioning between home and school learning: some success stories

Author: Caroline Scott Transitioning successfully between extended home and school learning has been the struggle of every affected school, across the globe, since the onset of […]
4th June 2020

‘Inside The Black Box’ for EAL learners

Author: Isabelle Bridger-Eames, EAL Specialist This article constitutes a discussion on key approaches to AfL, which schools, such as the British School of Kuala Lumpur, have […]
3rd June 2020

Home learning during school closures: A minibeasts project for primary pupils

Author: Catherine Brennan, Better Bilingual As I write this, it is Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May) in the UK, hosted by the Mental Health […]
12th May 2020

Calling home – working with a bilingual support partner (or bilingual teaching assistant or teacher)

Author: Caroline Scott If you have the opportunity to use a bilingual support partner to help families who have learners working from home, it may be […]
21st April 2020

Parents working at home with a learner who is working in another language

Author: Caroline Scott We are all faced with very different learning situations at the moment and home learning has become the current norm. The challenges it […]
4th March 2020
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Mathematics and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Author: Lois Francis, Ethnic Minority Achievement Adviser, Integra Schools, South Gloucestershire Council It is often easier for learners who are new to English to cope with […]
28th January 2020
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What are you doing for International Mother Language Day (IMLD)?

Author: Sarah Jones International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide observance celebrated annually on 21st February. It promotes awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity and […]
7th January 2020
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Teaching a series of EAL Healthy Eating sessions

Author: Yzanne Mackay New Year is a time to take stock – and often to think about making changes. One of the most common New Year’s […]
10th December 2019
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Using musical activities to support language development

Author: Dr. Anne Margaret Smith There are many similarities between music and language, in the way they are organised, processed and produced. Music therefore has enormous […]
19th November 2019

The amazing journey of sixteen six-year-old EAL new arrivals entering the mainstream

Author: Sarah Jones In September 2015, Lea Forest Academy took on an additional class of 16 Year 2 newly arrived EAL children. Eight of these children […]
25th September 2019

Home-school Partnerships: Ideas to engage newly arrived parents

Author: Yzanne Mackay “Parental involvement is invaluable for any new arrival in transition. The learner’s family may be the only group of people who truly understand […]
3rd September 2019

Designing a supportive EAL resource

Authors: Caroline Scott, Yzanne Mackay “Scaffolding is the process a teacher uses to model or demonstrate how to solve a problem (in the case of language […]
4th July 2019
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Communication through images

Author: Anita Bamberger When considering the Chinese language, the Chinese proverb ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is apposite. Chinese is a complex language of symbols, […]
5th June 2019

An Edtech Pilot – using the Sentence Analyser

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Co-ordinator   Picking up where we left off! The Sentence Analyser was piloted by the children and staff in the EAL Hub […]
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

How can you take your EAL department forward to play a part in a whole-school development strategy? Over the years, I have found that this can […]
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?

Studies have found that learning a skill yourself, and then applying it, not only brings immense personal satisfaction (among other valuable benefits), but also leads to […]
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

In my experience, teachers often have quite strong feelings about the use of a pupil’s L1 (first language) in the classroom – it is either encouraged […]
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?

When we attempt to facilitate effective communication or collaborative learning between pairs or groups, we must acknowledge that our pupils are not only exchanging information; they […]
28th July 2017

Collaborative Learning

For those of you who are unfamiliar 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

Author: Emma Mijailovic, EAL Teacher ‘Mainstreaming’ (teaching second language learners in the mainstream class, as opposed to withdrawing pupils for EAL lessons) has been a favoured approach […]
21st June 2017

How do I use non-fiction texts to inspire and engage my EAL learners?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Learners in classrooms are often faced with the challenge of carrying out research for class project work. Often, schools invest heavily in […]
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

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23rd November 2013
This animated history of the English language is wonderful

This animated history of the English language is wonderful

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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

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Across Cultures

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