Embedding EAL Assessment (Online course)

10 June - 8 July 2019 09:00 am - 17:00 pm

This practical online course, with differentiated material and course input for primary and secondary practitioners, aims to support schools to embed effective practices for assessing the English language proficiency of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), leading to more targeted in-class support and improved learner outcomes for these pupils. It will introduce guidance, strategies and resources to enhance the ways school staff can draw on assessment information on English language proficiency to inform effective planning and teaching leading to improved learning, and to ensure that all learners with EAL are able to fully access the curriculum.

The course introduces practitioners to The Bell Foundation’s award winning EAL Assessment Framework for Schools and provides pragmatic, specialist guidance on using the framework within a context of what is realistic and what can work alongside existing assessment systems.

This three-component online course is designed to work around the busy lives of those within the education sector. With three hours of online study over a four-week period, this course enables practitioners to work at a manageable pace with plenty of time to process course content and apply relevant insights to the participants’ contexts. The course is designed to be highly interactive and collaborative, with opportunities to work with other course participants, course tutors and course material. Component two consists of a live webinar which actively encourages participants to ask questions and share best practice in real time.

A certificate will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

This three-component online course costs just £35 (including VAT).

Who is this course for?

  • Primary and secondary practitioners
  • EAL co-ordinators
  • Heads of department
  • Other school staff with responsibility for EAL assessment
  • Teachers

Component One:

Pre-webinar online tasks (with differentiated tasks for primary and secondary practitioners): completed at own pace over a 10-day period

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes between 10/06/2019 and 19/06/2019

Deadline for completion: 19/06/2019

Aims:

  • To understand why assessment of English language proficiency of learners with EAL is important
  • To become more familiar with how The Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework for Schools can be used to support the teaching and learning of EAL pupils

Component Two:

Live interactive webinar with the course tutors:

  • 19/06/2019: Webinar for secondary practitioners
  • 20/06/2019: Webinar for primary practitioners

Time commitment: 60 minutes

Aims:

  • To become more familiar with how to use the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools to arrive at a best fit judgement of language proficiency, monitor on-going progress and set appropriate language learning targets
  • To consider how the Framework could be used within individual school settings

Component Three:

Post webinar online tasks (with differentiated tasks for primary and secondary practitioners): completed at own pace over an 18-day period

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes between 21/06/2019 and 08/07/2019

Deadline for completion: 08/07/2019

Aims:

  • To practise using the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools within individual settings
  • To reflect on what needs to happen to fully embed the EAL Assessment within individual settings

Course Tutors:

Kamil Trzebiatowski joined The Bell Foundation in September 2018 and holds the post of Digital Resource Developer. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kamil spent 18 years teaching English as a Foreign Language and English as an Additional Language (Poland, England and Scotland) in mainstream secondary classrooms. He was an EAL co-ordinator at a secondary school as well as an EAL consultant/trainer (2014-2018). Kamil holds an MA in Corpus Linguistics and an MEd in Inclusive Education.

Emily Curran joined The Bell Foundation as a trainer in September 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily worked in English Language Teaching (ELT) and taught both adults and young learners in the UK and Thailand respectively, before going on to become a teacher trainer in the ELT sector. Emily has a CELTA and DELTA and has also worked closely with Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) as a liaison for the English Language Provision.