Working with EAL Learners from Arrival to Assessment to Achievement

Course Details
Audience: EAL coordinators, SLT, primary and secondary teachers, TAs
Date: Monday 7th October 2024
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Cost: £150
Facilitated by: Beth Southern

An introduction session on EAL to help you know where to start and how to support your EAL learners.

This session looks at some of the basics and fundamentals of working with EAL learners with a variety of different needs. Including new arrivals processes, assessment and tracking, common barriers to learning, and a range of strategies to take away and try.

The session will cover:

·       An understanding of what an EAL learner is and how long it usually takes to learn English

·       An idea of what it looks like from a T&L point of view to be at different levels of proficiency and what we can reasonably expect from each level

·       What it feels like to be an EAL learner and how we can remove some of the cognitive load through adaptations to equality first teaching

·       An understanding of common barriers to learning and how we can help support the whole child and not just the language development


Beth Southern is the creator of both EAL HUB and EAL STAR and is an experienced EAL Consultant and a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for EAL. She has a wealth of in school experience across both primary and secondary, within state sector and private education. Between 2011 – 2013 Beth undertook a range of post graduate qualifications including a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching Bilingual Learners and a Masters Degree in Language Education, which she passed with distinction.

Beth was Head of EAL at a large inner-city academy in Manchester for 4 years and then a Leading Teacher for EAL at a local council. She has worked with EAL pupils for the last 20 years and has a wide range of experience of working with International Schools around the world. Her training sessions enable teachers and TAs to gain confidence in assessing EAL learners and planning next step support by demonstrating ideas, resources and differentiation which staff can take away and use in school immediately.

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