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Template for reflection on provision

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Initial Maths assessment

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EAL scheme of work

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Successful ways to motivate your learners checklist

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Healthy eating resource

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International mother language day activities

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Subject-specific vocabulary booklet

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Home school diary

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Conjunctions - because and so - flashcards

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Created: Mon 29th Jun 2020

Author: Caroline Scott

Transitioning successfully between extended home and school learning has been the struggle of every affected school, across the globe, since the onset of the pandemic. None of us could have predicted what was about to happen back in January of 2020 and we still struggle to comprehend the enormous scale of the struggle.

Created: Thu 4th Jun 2020

Author: Isabelle Bridger-Eames, EAL Specialist

This article constitutes a discussion on key approaches to AfL, which schools, such as the British School of Kuala Lumpur, have been using to get the best possible outcomes for their learners in virtual and physical learning environments.

Created: Wed 3rd Jun 2020

Author: Catherine Brennan, Better Bilingual

Created: Wed 20th May 2020

Author: Caroline Scott

If you have the opportunity to use a bilingual support partner to help families who have learners working from home, it may be useful to prepare a list of questions for this staff member to ask. Bilingual support is extremely useful when making contact with parents who speak little or no English.

General care

Created: Wed 4th Mar 2020

Author: Lois Francis, Ethnic Minority Achievement Adviser, Integra Schools, South Gloucestershire Council

It is often easier for learners who are new to English to cope with the arithmetic areas of the mathematics curriculum, rather than with problem-solving activities, as the former require the use of less English.

It is important that children learning EAL are familiar with and able to use mathematical language to achieve their potential in all areas of the subject.

Created: Mon 27th Jan 2020

Author: Sarah Jones

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide observance celebrated annually on 21st February. It promotes awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity and international understanding through multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Background

Created: Mon 30th Dec 2019

Author: Yzanne Mackay

New Year is a time to take stock – and often to think about making changes. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to try to eat more healthily. But how do you explain healthy eating to new arrivals who don’t have a firm grasp of English?

Created: Thu 5th Dec 2019

Author: Dr. Anne Margaret Smith

There are many similarities between music and language, in the way they are organised, processed and produced. Music therefore has enormous potential as a language-learning tool, and one that can be appealing to even the least engaged or confident learners.

Created: Mon 18th Nov 2019

Author: Sarah Jones

In September 2015, Lea Forest Academy took on an additional class of 16 Year 2 newly arrived EAL children. Eight of these children had never been schooled, while eight had had some schooling experience in their home country. The school had no specific EAL provision in place or trained staff.

What did they do?
Where did they start?


The greatest intentions

Created: Mon 14th Oct 2019

Author: Yzanne Mackay

"Parental involvement is invaluable for any new arrival in transition. The learner’s family may be the only group of people who truly understand their transition. The parents may have very little understanding of what happens in an English-speaking school or the approach you have to education. Parental involvement will help you to understand more about the child’s life as well as build a valuable rapport and level of trust between all parties.”
(Scott, 2012)


Moving from one culture to another

Created: Thu 29th Aug 2019

Authors: Caroline Scott, Yzanne Mackay

“Scaffolding is the process a teacher uses to model or demonstrate how to solve a problem (in the case of language learning, to support learners with using the language needed to articulate themselves). After modelling, they step back, offering support as needed.” (Scott, 2019)

Created: Fri 12th Jul 2019

Author: Anita Bamberger

When considering the Chinese language, the Chinese proverb ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is apposite. Chinese is a complex language of symbols, strokes and pictures, where each picture can mean several words.

Images are a universal language and their power in the classroom shouldn't be underestimated. In this article we look at:

  • visualisation to inspire/start learning​
  • the use of emojis
  • visual resources

 

Visualisation to inspire /start teaching

Created: Tue 2nd Jul 2019

You enjoy teaching and, like every other teacher, you want the best for every learner. Recently, you have found a steady stream of learners coming to your school with little or no English. You aren’t really sure how to provide the best possible education for them, when they are struggling to understand the English in your already differentiated lessons.

Created: Mon 3rd Jun 2019

Author: Sarah Jones, EAL Co-ordinator

 

Picking up where we left off!

The Sentence Analyser was piloted by the children and staff in the EAL Hub at Lea Forest Academy in the autumn term of 2018. Over the following two terms, the children and staff used it in a variety of ways to support a widening of the children's vocabulary. The EAL Hub children's morphology skills were tracked, alongside a control group.

What did the data show? What did the staff think? Was the resource beneficial enough to become embedded? Let's find out!

Created: Tue 14th May 2019

Author: Yasmin Malik, Senior Education Consultant

Created: Mon 25th Mar 2019

Author: Stuart Scott

This ‘Introduce Me’ activity is a fun and rewarding way to introduce a new topic, while developing language skills.

Created: Mon 25th Mar 2019

Author: Sarah Jones

Introduction

Lea Forest, my school in Birmingham, has been using the Learning Village for over three years. It has proved a highly effective learning and teaching resource, with the children making strong progress. The Learning Village asked us to pilot its newest feature: the Sentence Analyser!

We were seeking a resource that would help us teach the average 75,000 words needed for the children’s language to flourish and to deepen their morphology skills. We thought the Sentence Analyser may be a useful resource.

Created: Thu 28th Feb 2019

Author: Caroline Scott

In cases where you have an absolute beginner to English, an induction-to-English is supportive. Yes, we need to be differentiating for the curriculum content in class too, but let's help our learners with some of the basics in a regular small group or one-to-one supportive English learning session...

Created: Mon 25th Feb 2019

Author: Gemma Fanning, Head of EAL

How can you take your EAL department forward to play a part in a whole school development strategy? Over the years, I have found that this can be a real challenge. A plan for a whole-school approach to EAL can have a significant impact, and not only benefits the EAL learners, but the whole school population.

Blair and Bourne (1998) researched some successful schools and identified some common themes with regard to EAL:

• the significant role played by headteachers in driving forward an inclusive agenda