Teacher guidance blog

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 […]
28th February 2015
Feedback

Feedback

Feedback is the buzz-word and, as with most things, it is not being reinvented, but constantly readapted. In recent years, we see more formal national approach. […]
4th February 2015
EAL Assessment Continuum

EAL Assessment Continuum

Including a useful EAL Progress Review and links to different EAL assessment continua When teaching EAL, assessment procedures need to be in place in order to […]
30th December 2014
Differentiating Learning

Differentiating Learning

Including some ideas for EAL beginners Whilst reading a book on reclaiming childhood (‘Their name is today’ by Johann Christoph Arnold) the chapter on ‘learning differences […]
24th December 2014
Uprooted: Bridging cultures and celebrating the differences

Uprooted: Bridging cultures and celebrating the differences

Including 5 top tips to celebrating differences Last week I saw a film called ‘Shadow in Baghdad’, it was a film that pulled my heart strings. […]
24th December 2014
Valuing Bilingualism (including top tips for use in the classroom)

Valuing Bilingualism (including top tips for use in the classroom)

The language show this year in Olympia made me even more aware of the gift of having more than one language. One of the stand’s motto […]
2nd October 2014
How to Welcome New Arrivals

How to Welcome New Arrivals

The start of a new school year can be a daunting experience for new EAL arrivals. Some may be devastated to leave their friends, schools and […]
27th June 2014
One effective method of instigating rapid improvement in speaking, listening, reading and writing

One effective method of instigating rapid improvement in speaking, listening, reading and writing

This language learning strategy provides a very powerful platform for rapid progress using a multi-sensory approach: 1. Teach the new language. Ideally, a popular phrase where […]
5th June 2014
What provision do you offer for your new arrivals?

What provision do you offer for your new arrivals?

New to English can be supported in many different ways. Here’s one school’s approach: Assessment All learning is based on assessment. Children arrive and sit a […]
5th June 2014
How do you plan successfully for EAL learners? Free planning template

How do you plan successfully for EAL learners? Free planning template

Everyone is talking about differentiation for EAL in whole class teaching, but how do we actually approach it consistently and effectively? At Across Cultures we have […]
22nd May 2014
Intermediate Language Learning Objectives alongside Curriculum Content Learning Objectives

Intermediate Language Learning Objectives alongside Curriculum Content Learning Objectives

Are your new arrivals now intermediate language learners? The last two Across Cultures books focused on the beginners language learning needs in vocabulary and grammar (presented […]
17th May 2014
Do you create a School Language Profile?

Do you create a School Language Profile?

A School Language Profile is an invaluable tool! In the previous article we looked at the thorny issue of EAL learners with specific learning differences (SpLD).  […]
5th May 2014
Assessing EAL students for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Assessing EAL students for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

What tools are there if you have a sixth sense that something is not quite right? At what point does a teacher start to question whether […]
21st April 2014
How do we help young learners in mainstream schools to become bilingual?

How do we help young learners in mainstream schools to become bilingual?

In schools where English is the language of instruction we welcome new arrivals with limited English and, step by step, they become skilled in speaking English. […]
21st April 2014
Dual language texts

Dual language texts

Is it important for young English language learners to read dual language text? It can be helpful for learners to read texts in both languages. It […]
21st April 2014
Should learners use their mother tongue in the classroom?

Should learners use their mother tongue in the classroom?

The use of the children’s home language is another extremely important element of learning a language. Cummins highlighted that: “bilingualism has positive effects on children’s linguistic […]
30th March 2014
Ten things that you can discuss in class about another country if a child in your care is about to travel

Ten things that you can discuss in class about another country if a child in your care is about to travel

Have a look at these tips on culture change: http://www.globalkidsoz.com.au/_things_to_discuss_about_another_country.php Also see an array of multicultural resources on this site as well as a few other […]
3rd March 2014
Teresa McNally, a Year 3 teacher from Tower Hamlets, London, tells us about her experience with a new EAL arrival

Teresa McNally, a Year 3 teacher from Tower Hamlets, London, tells us about her experience with a new EAL arrival

Teresa has worked at St John’s C of E for over 2 years. She differentiates for all ability levels but, up to now, she has never […]
24th February 2014
Can we help students to be better language learners?

Can we help students to be better language learners?

Helping our students to be better language learners How can the new to English language learners and their teachers work together to provide a successful language […]
23rd February 2014
Uk Info: Can new EAL arrivals be exempt from SATS?

Uk Info: Can new EAL arrivals be exempt from SATS?

Key Stage 2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements 2014 states: “4.9.4 How children’s test and teacher assessment results are used in the performance tables All children who have […]
16th February 2014
New to English Arrivals Procedure

New to English Arrivals Procedure

Here’s a summary (the bare bones) of a procedure that gives you first steps to accomodating for new EAL arrivals. This is for those of you […]
16th February 2014
I am going to work in a school with a high number of EAL learners. What are some key elements I need to consider?

I am going to work in a school with a high number of EAL learners. What are some key elements I need to consider?

It’s hard to even start to highlight the challenges of teaching EAL students in such a short article but there are a few key areas to […]
12th February 2014
Teachers TV: Engaging Pupils Learning EAL

Teachers TV: Engaging Pupils Learning EAL

A few useful tips on supporting  new arrivals, note the induction and the need for both withdrawal and in class learning. Video:
7th February 2014
Welcoming New EAL Arrivals - Free Welcome Booklet

Welcoming New EAL Arrivals – Free Welcome Booklet

Cross Cultural Understanding for New to English Students – The First Steps (Part 2) EAL students are often placed in the situation that the tools they […]
2nd February 2014
Ever wished you could translate print to the language of your choice instantly?

Ever wished you could translate print to the language of your choice instantly?

Instantly translate printed words using an app! Check this: Word Lens
21st January 2014
One Secondary School's Approach to New Arrivals

One Secondary School’s Approach to New Arrivals

I watched this clip recently and certain elements stood out: Collaborative planning which supported pre teaching EAL learners The use of mentors and a special room […]
13th January 2014
A Recipe for a Successful Start for New Arrivals in School (Part 1) - Free Empathy Cards Attached!

A Recipe for a Successful Start for New Arrivals in School (Part 1) – Free Empathy Cards Attached!

It is Friday morning; the Head teacher comes to tell you that on Monday morning you will have a new student arriving who does not speak […]
29th December 2013
Changing Shoes Lesson Plan - Dowloadable Resource - Putting themselves in the New Arrival’s Shoes

Changing Shoes Lesson Plan – Dowloadable Resource – Putting themselves in the New Arrival’s Shoes

Scenario: You are moving to a new country (pick a country which has a different script such as China, Saudi Arabia or Bangladesh).  You can only […]
21st December 2013
Progression in Language Structures

Progression in Language Structures

Progression in Language Structures is a great document for identfying how content learning can be built on language structures.  Language structures are presented in sentence starters […]
21st December 2013
EAL Assessment Continuum for transitioning EAL learners into the English National Curriculum Levels

EAL Assessment Continuum for transitioning EAL learners into the English National Curriculum Levels

This EAL Assessment booklet is produced by NASSEA (National Association of Support Services and Equality & Achievement) and provides a detailed scale which aligns to the National Curriculum: http://nassea.org.uk/assessments/ An alternative […]
21st December 2013
Is anyone starting the New Year with a new EAL arrival in their class?

Is anyone starting the New Year with a new EAL arrival in their class?

We’d love to hear from you! Where are they from? What langauge do they speak? Do you feel prepared!? Have a look at these videos of new arrivals and how […]
21st December 2013
Giving ownership to young learners through the use of a Remember Book

Giving ownership to young learners through the use of a Remember Book

Supporting the learning of the new language is by no means the only aspect of helping a new arrival to feel ‘at home’ in their new […]
21st December 2013
Do you have a large number of EAL learners aged 3-4?

Do you have a large number of EAL learners aged 3-4?

As a Head of Early Years in an international school following the EYFS and IPC curriculums it has always been important to ensure that the teaching […]
20th December 2013
The story of my Life is who I am

The story of my Life is who I am

Coreen Sears gives us an insight into her thoughts… ‘The story of my life is who I am’ When Caroline asked me to write something about […]
14th December 2013
Free EAL advice and downloads!

Free EAL advice and downloads!

Coming in the New Year… a series of articles with free downloadable teaching tools and resources! They will be written and produced by Jessica Tweedie. Jessica […]
14th December 2013
What do you teach EAL new arrivals with limited English?

What do you teach EAL new arrivals with limited English?

If you have EAL new arrivals in your school with limited English you need a scheme of work in English that supports learners with language learning […]
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
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:
23rd November 2013
Five Best Language Learning Tools

Five Best Language Learning Tools

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14th December 2013
What do you teach EAL new arrivals with limited English?

What do you teach EAL new arrivals with limited English?

If you have EAL new arrivals in your school with limited English you need a scheme of work in English that supports learners with language learning […]
14th December 2013
Free EAL advice and downloads!

Free EAL advice and downloads!

Coming in the New Year… a series of articles with free downloadable teaching tools and resources! They will be written and produced by Jessica Tweedie. Jessica […]
19th December 2013

Online Language Learning Portal for Young Learners Coming Soon!

We’ve been thinking carefully about what works best for you and your young language learners and have design a language learning experience for 6-14 year olds that […]
20th December 2013
The story of my Life is who I am

The story of my Life is who I am

Coreen Sears gives us an insight into her thoughts… ‘The story of my life is who I am’ When Caroline asked me to write something about […]
21st December 2013
Do you have a large number of EAL learners aged 3-4?

Do you have a large number of EAL learners aged 3-4?

As a Head of Early Years in an international school following the EYFS and IPC curriculums it has always been important to ensure that the teaching […]
21st December 2013
Giving ownership to young learners through the use of a Remember Book

Giving ownership to young learners through the use of a Remember Book

Supporting the learning of the new language is by no means the only aspect of helping a new arrival to feel ‘at home’ in their new […]
21st December 2013
Is anyone starting the New Year with a new EAL arrival in their class?

Is anyone starting the New Year with a new EAL arrival in their class?

We’d love to hear from you! Where are they from? What langauge do they speak? Do you feel prepared!? Have a look at these videos of new arrivals and how […]
21st December 2013
EAL Assessment Continuum for transitioning EAL learners into the English National Curriculum Levels

EAL Assessment Continuum for transitioning EAL learners into the English National Curriculum Levels

This EAL Assessment booklet is produced by NASSEA (National Association of Support Services and Equality & Achievement) and provides a detailed scale which aligns to the National Curriculum: http://nassea.org.uk/assessments/ An alternative […]
21st December 2013
Progression in Language Structures

Progression in Language Structures

Progression in Language Structures is a great document for identfying how content learning can be built on language structures.  Language structures are presented in sentence starters […]
29th December 2013
Next EAL 'Train the Trainer' Course - 4th-6th December 2013

Next EAL ‘Train the Trainer’ Course – 16th-18th July 2014

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 […]
29th December 2013
Changing Shoes Lesson Plan - Dowloadable Resource - Putting themselves in the New Arrival’s Shoes

Changing Shoes Lesson Plan – Dowloadable Resource – Putting themselves in the New Arrival’s Shoes

Scenario: You are moving to a new country (pick a country which has a different script such as China, Saudi Arabia or Bangladesh).  You can only […]
30th December 2013
New Resources!

New Resources!

We have two new resources launching in January 2014! 1. A Welcome Pack for new arrivals This includes an A4 Welcome Booklet , including parent information […]