Teacher guidance blog

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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Should EAL learners be withdrawn from the mainstream classroom?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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]