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EAL Teaching Newsletter Articles

21st June 2017

How do I use nonfiction texts to inspire and engage my EAL learners?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Learners are often faced with the challenge of carrying out research for their class project work, and often schools invest heavily into […]
23rd May 2017

What games work well in the language learning class?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Brewster, Ellis and Girard (2012) discuss the idea of playing Bingo or Dominoes as games for connecting various curriculum areas. Brewster (2012) […]
25th April 2017

How do I structure play to support language learning?

Author: Gemma Fanning, EAL Specialist Play is a crucial part of language development and ideas for play and games are an essential part of any teacher’s toolkit. […]

Communication Across Cultures News

22nd May 2017

‘EAL Teaching through the Learning Village’ – Implementation course, London 27th Sept

Next course: Wednesday 27th September 2017 St Mark’s Primary School, Mitcham, Surrey This 1-day course provides targeted online and offline EAL learning for 6-14 year old English […]
1st April 2017

‘Supporting English Language Learners’ EAL Conference

Birmingham – May 15th 2017 CPD for EAL Leaders in schools – Keynote speech from the lead Ofsted inspector for EAL, followed by a number of […]
21st March 2017

Do you need to know if EAL new arrivals in the UK should sit KS2 SATS?

5.5 Pupils with English as an additional language Pupils with EAL must be registered for the KS2 tests even if there is a valid reason why […]

Benefit from EAL teaching through the Learning Village

  • Roxbourne Primary

    Our pupils have really benefited from their work on the Learning Village! Well done children, keep up the great work!

    Roxbourne Primary
  • Michelle Wain
    The Learning Village materials are of an excellent quality with clear language progression. The programme works very well as a teaching tool.
    Michelle Wain
    EMA Adviser, London Borough of Havering
  • Vicki Wilson

    I really liked the sentence activities, it really stretched my students and I saw a marked improvements. Overall I love the concept of the Learning Village- making friends highly motivated my  students and they loved exploring the village. the graphics are wonderful.

    Vicki Wilson
    Year 2 EAL teacher and EAL Team Leader, YCIS HK Primary
  • Shirley Rowe

    A student arriving from overseas being 18 years old and having limited oral skills and no reading or writing. He really felt pleased being able to use the Learning Village for self-study,  without feeling conscious in front of the others in the class.

    Shirley Rowe
    Head of Department, ESOL, New Plymouth Boys High, New Zealand
  • Sam Mobbs, Class Teacher

    The Learning Village has proved to be a good intervention programme for our EAL children and SEN. The children are very enthusiastic about using it, and are becoming more independent. We use it as an intervention throughout assembly in the morning and in some afternoons, when some of the learning is irrelevant to them and they would benefit from that more. It is clear that the children are making progress...

    Sam Mobbs, Class Teacher
    Oasis Watermead Academy, UK
  • Laura Haines

    I see the children relaxed and happy when they are on the Learning Village. I can see that they are proud of their progress and feel a sense of achievement which they can share with others. I think that there are a lot of good EAL ‘games’ available but this is a comprehensive programme that can be integrated into any curriculum.

    Laura Haines
    EAL Coordinator, International School of Milan, Italy
  • Ellen Copsey
    A really fantastic resource. We can't wait to start using it with our pupils.
    Ellen Copsey
    Assistant Head Teacher, Willow Bank Primary, UK
  • Keith Shurlock
    It is a delight to see a resource that has grown out of good practice in schools.
    Keith Shurlock
    Principal, Grace International School, Bangladesh
  • Hanneke Blijham

    Thank you so much for this inspiring workshop. I was enthusiastic about it when first trying it but even more so after today!

    Hanneke Blijham
    EAL Teacher, Groningse Schoolvereniging, Netherlands