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Supporting EAL learners in the mainstream classroom


27/10/2017 09:30






Getting it right

About this event

The number of learners with English as an additional language (EAL) in Scottish schools has increased by over 30% since 2013. There are now over 39,000 pupils in all phases of education which is nearly 6% of the school population. Schools in many areas now teach migrants from Europe as well as the established bilingual communities. Recent CfE literacy data (2016) suggests that there is still a large gap between the attainment of EAL learners and native English speakers at P4 and P7 which narrows but remains significant at S3.

This one-day course is designed to give an overview of the distinctive needs of learners with English as a second language (EAL) and to introduce inclusive teaching practices and resources. The course is suitable for class and subject teachers and those who are new to teaching EAL learners from years P4 up to S3.

Intended Outcomes:

  • Clear understanding of the process of second language acquisition and advantages of bilingualism
  • An overview of a range of EAL learners and their needs, using a case study approach.
  • Confidence in including EAL pupils at beginner and intermediate levels in mainstream lessons.
  • Strategies and ideas for planning interactive teaching and producing resources for ‘language aware teaching’.
  • Tips on technology and websites to support both teachers and learners

Sessions will include:

  • Introductory theories of learning a second language
  • Planning framework to support the language demands of all subjects
  • Strategies and resources for EAL in mainstream classrooms

Facilitator bio

Catharine Driver has had wide experience of working in multilingual schools and local authorities across the UK. She was Head of EAL in a London Secondary school for six years as well as a school improvement consultant and MA course tutor. Between 2013 and 2015, Catharine worked as Senior Adviser for the British Council EAL Nexus project. She now works for the National Literacy Trust and as an associate of the EAL Academy using her expertise on academic literacy within the curriculum.

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