Teacher guidance blog

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