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What is the Learning Village?

The Learning Village is designed to help teachers support EAL learners of every language background accessing the mainstream classroom. It helps learners understand everyday language, in a programme that ranges from teaching learners the basics of classroom and real-world interaction to supporting them with curriculum content and phonics.

9000+ words and phrases, for speaking, listening, reading and writing
Visual methodology to help learners who are unable to read in their mother tongue
Excellent support for Special Educational Needs learners
Techniques to help learners support themselves
Support for blended learning and for self-study
The Learning Village is fun! It’s a big, interactive world where learners visit places, make virtual friends and learn English.

This easy-to-use online English language learning curriculum integrates with learner's classwork to make differentiation much simpler. The Learning Village saves you time and ensure your learners grasp the fundamentals of English alongside the curriculum vocabulary and language structures. Not only that, detailed assessment is built into the system, so that you know exactly where your learners are on their learning journey and how to target their needs.

It targets three areas:

  1. A curriculum for new-to-English including vocabulary and language structures
  2. Phonics - The teaching of reading through sounds
  3. Customised curriculum vocabulary suited any school curriculum

Learners get assessed on each of these areas and a track of their progress is kept. Lessons are fun and based around simple games.

The following elements set the Learning Village apart from other sites:

  • The Learning Village can be used by teachers as part of their class teaching and by parents to support their child with up-coming curriculum topics
    This helps target individual language learning needs that teachers often find difficult to cover alongside the remaining part of the class. Learners need to have a lesson in the curriculum vocabulary before as it is about to be taught in class so the learner has a good understanding of the language needed before they arrive. It gives teachers and parents opportunities to select the curriculum vocabulary as it arises in class.
  • The Learning Village offers printable assessment of each learner's fundamental English language requirements
    It provides an overview of the learner's requirements and therefore what teaching is required.
  • The Learning Village provides printable flashcards to go with every lesson
    Teachers and parents needs easy access to language learning flashcards without hunting around for the right resources.
  • The Learning Village gives learners a full programme of learning independently and in class and there is a complimentary teaching programme
    Learners can get stuck learning online without adequate supervision and teacher support so it is important that on and off line support is blended for effective progress.
  • The Learning Village speaking requirements are based on relevant short reading comprehensions
    New-to-English learners need to have a structured approach to building confidence in speaking and this ensures learners articulate their new language quickly.
  • The Learning Village listening activities engage learners
    Language learners find it hard to engage in listening activities because the spoken language they hear always seems too advanced for them to access. However, in the Learning Village the listening activities are pitched at the at level the learner can access. It then provides them with model statements both in writing and audio. Each learner is then required to read back the text they see and hear and compare their spoken words to the model.
  • The Learning Village writing activities match their stage of learning
    Language learners can find it hard to write confidently in their new scripts with so much new vocabulary to learn. It ensures each learner is writing based on their current stage of learning. This provides a self-written track of learning in their 'Book of Progress' that enables them to use the language confidently in real life settings.
  • The Learning Village is entirely picture based and therefore suitable for learners with any mother tongue
    Teachers often have many different languages spoken in their class so translation is not always possible. It is brilliant for speakers of every language regardless of their literacy level in their own language.
  • The Learning Village includes resources such as planning templates, writing frames and appropriate word lists
    Teachers and parents need to know how to successfully provide for their new-to-English language learners. Communication Across Cultures will deliver a full day training in best practice in EAL teaching for enhancing understanding of using the Learning Village in the context of the school. All school registrations will also receive a 30 minute telephone training parents can also request this training.
  • The Learning Village offers teachers and parents the options to request more curriculum vocabulary as needed
    Sometimes it is hard to locate the exact vocabulary learners need for lessons.

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