Supporting Children with EAL

Supporting Children with EAL

Course date: Through the year – see listings for details

Course venue: Whitehall Primary School

£50 per session, £130 for all three

Target Audience: KS1 and KS2 teachers, early career teachers – NQTs, RQTs

Facilitator: Catherine Brennan and Yasmin Malik (Better Bilingual team)

These sessions are predominantly designed for early career teachers but would also be suitable for those who would like to gain more understanding of how to meet the needs of learners with English as an additional language.

Each session promotes understanding through a range of theory and practical strategies and is facilitated by highly experienced EAL colleagues from the Better Bilingual team.

They are available as stand alone twilight sessions, but can be purchased with a reduction in cost for the full programme. Each afternoon session costs £50, with the full programme of three sessions costing £130.

Dates offered are as follows:

Session 1: Thursday 8th November 2018: 4.15pm – 5.45pm

Welcoming & Supporting Newly Arrived (NA) EAL Learners

Learners who are New to English or in the early stages of English language acquisition are not a homogenous group.  To ensure appropriate provision is implemented in welcoming and supporting NA EAL Learners, it is important to understand the nature of previous experiences and to draw on a range of effective strategies, underpinned by the latest EAL research.  

NQTs revealed that they felt ‘they lacked confidence to meet the needs of EAL learners, and felt extra pressure to do it themselves with no external help or guidance.’

This session will:

  • describe the variety and types of EAL New Arrivals coming into school
  • explore the stages of successful induction for NAs, including roles & responsibilities
  • provide advice and support to ensure an effective and successful start to school

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • appreciate the variety of strengths & needs of newly arrived pupils & their families
  • be aware of practical steps to support a successful induction into school life
  • understand how to assess English language proficiency & plan initial EAL targets

Session 2: Thursday 6th December 2018: 4.15pm – 5.45pm:

Meeting the Needs of Advanced Bilingual Learners (ABLs)

Learners who are Advanced Bilingual Learners (ABLs) can sound like fluent speakers of English.  They may make rapid progress in oral language development and appear to have no need for additional support in developing English. However, from Y3 upwards in particular, progress and attainment can plateau -highlighting the ongoing need for inclusive EAL provision, across the curriculum, for success.

The ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language to take part in the national curriculum may be in advance of their communications skills in English.  Teachers should plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English and should aim to provide the support pupils need to take part in all subjects.The National Curriculum, 2014

This session will:

  • inform you about EAL pedagogy
  • increase your understanding of ABLs’ needs
  • signpost you to free EAL-friendly resources
  • equip you with a selection of useful EAL strategies to develop the oracy & literacy skills of ABL and ALL learners to support academic success across the curriculum.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • have a better awareness of the ongoing English language needs of ABLs
  • feel more confident and equipped with teaching & learning strategies to support bilingual pupils to move from BICS to CALP
  • have identified 3 actions to implement in their own schools/settings to support ABLs.

Session 3: Thursday 17th January 2019: 4.15pm – 5.45pm:

Talk to Text: meeting the academic needs of Advanced Bilingual Learners (ABLs)

This third session in our EAL CPD series builds on Meeting the Needs of Advanced Bilingual Learners (ABLs) by focussing specifically on oracy. Cognitive challenge can and should be kept appropriately high for EAL learners as they move through Key Stage 2 and far beyond. As the academic demands increase, EAL support through oracy can effectively address the language demands.

ABLs are “Pupils who have had all or most of their school education in the UK and whose oral proficiency in English is usually indistinguishable from that of pupils with English as a first language but whose writing may still show distinctive features related to their language background.” (Ofsted, 2005)

This session will:

  • compare formal and formal talk, and consider the similarities between formal talk and written text
  • introduce some teaching and learning techniques which bridge talk and text
  • explore oracy strategies and resources to support both EAL and non-EAL learners.
  • understand the importance of bridging talk and text to impact on writing attainment

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • feel more confident about planning a lesson sequence linking talk and text
  • have identified 3 oracy techniques to trial in their own classrooms across the curriculum to support ABLs and all learners

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£50 per session, £130 for all three

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