Online English language lessons for new-to-English
learning across the curriculum
Dear seasoned or aspiring Head of Village,
We are writing to let you know about some new features in the Learning Village:
So much has been happening on the Learning Village this month!
Thanks to school feedback, we have halved the time a learner needs to use the Learning Village before receiving a gift. Now, after only 45 minutes spent learning (instead of 90 minutes), the learner will be awarded a gift in their secret room under the bridge. This change will be ‘rolled back’ so your learner/school points total should increase. The change is designed to increase the frequency of learner success.
We have also changed the spelling/arranging practice game so that when a learner gets an answer wrong, the correct answer is displayed just below to help the learner see the differences.
Additionally, for all practice games, when a learner presses the ‘I don’t know’ button, the Learn page is now displayed instead of the correct answer. This will encourage learners to go back and check the answer for themselves.
UK, EAL proficiency code alignment
If you are a UK school and were not already aware, the DfE announced EAL grading as part of the school census, UK (click here for more information p62-64).
At the Learning Village we have aligned the learning to these codes:
Quoted from the DfE link above:
Where ‘Proficiency in English’ is required, it is expected that schools will assess the position of their EAL pupils against a five point scale of reading, writing and spoken language proficiency outlined below and make a ‘best fit’ judgement as to the proficiency stage that a pupil corresponds most closely to:
New to English [Code ‘A’]:
Early acquisition [Code ‘B’]:
Developing competence [Code ‘C’]:
Competent [Code ‘D’]:
Fluent [Code ‘E’]:
We are in our fourth round of piloting the multiplayer function and it’s likely to be ready in the next 4-6 weeks… or maybe even before!
We are also working on enhanced features for the multiplayer games which include special ‘power-ups’ to create an element of luck that will encourage those that are less able.
Translation to mother tongue
Additionally, Google Translate has been added to allow learners to access their mother tongue equivalent. Please ensure you have set the correct ‘home language’ for your learners to ensure they can access the new feature. This feature can be disabled.
Join us EAL teaching through the Learning Village, London on 2nd December 2016. This one day course will give you the practical knowhow to successfully teach EAL through the Learning Village. For more information: Click here!
EAL Train the Trainer Course
Don’t forget, the EAL ‘Train the Trainer’ course will run from 13th-15th July 2016. This 3-day preparation trains the trainer to teach a flexible 12-hour course in their school following the principles of Teaching English as an Additional Language 5-11: A Whole School Resource, by Caroline Scott (Author & Director at Communication Across Cultures).
Places are always limited as we work with small groups. Therefore please get in touch sooner rather than later if you wish to reserve a place. Attendees receive a short training on the Learning Village including 6 months free usage for 1 teacher and 1 learner per school.