Overcoming Barriers to learning - supporting EAL students (English as an additional language) in the classroom

How long? 
One day
How many participants? 
Why attend this training? 
  • The number of students in English schools who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) has risen by 20% in the last five years.  In one in 9 schools children who speak EAL are in the majority.
  • Many schools have a long track-record of working with EAL children and know the benefits of developing a sound policy.  For other schools, keeping pace with recent changes in school populations, especially if they are new arrivals, can represent a challenge to both teaching and support staff. 
  • Having the right approach to EAL will benefit all children in terms of improving practice in teaching and learning.

Our course will help teachers and support staff manage day-to-day communication with children who speak English as an additional language.  It will give them easy to apply, practical strategies that support EAL children in the classroom.  As well as practical strategies, they will gain a better understanding of how a child with EAL learns and the EAL experience.

Course Objectives: 

Participants will:

  • understand how EAL children learn in the classroom
  • understand how to best support EAL learning
  • learn how to support new arrivals
  • feel able to support children through the ‘silent period’
  • identify common misconceptions on EAL learning
  • understand their role in EAL learning and teaching
  • feel able to apply effective EAL Teaching Strategies
  • look at ways of developing a culturally responsive classroom.
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