Community Languages and EAL Can Benefit Each Other (Webinar)

This webinar will focus on the benefits of multilingualism and provide guidance on how to support multilingual learners in the classroom.

This webinar will advocate for simultaneous and balanced support for both community languages and English as an additional language for bilingual learners in schools.

Far too often community languages and English are positioned to be competing with each other for time and resource in the educational space. But there is ample research evidence to suggest that strong maintenance of home languages other than English can benefit the learning of English and the two can support each other in a bilingual learner’s social, cognitive, linguistic and academic development. During the webinar practical recommendations will be made as to how best to support community language maintenance as well as English as an additional language development for bilingual learners that will benefit the individual learner and ultimately enhance the UK’s multilingual capacity.

Areas of focus will include:

  • The benefits of multilingualism (supporting the maintenance of a first language(s) as well as learning English as an additional language).
  • The evidence on why multilingualism is important.
  • How to support multilingualism in the classroom.

Biography

Professor Li Wei is Director and Dean of the UCL Institute of Education where he is also Professor of Applied Linguistics. He is Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, and Applied Linguistics Review. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Academia Europaea, Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts.

Who should register for the webinar

  • Academics
  • Local Authority education teams
  • Schools leaders
  • Teachers, teaching assistants and trainee teachers
  • EAL co-ordinators

Why you should register for this webinar

  • A great opportunity for participants to have direct access to expert advice from Li Wei, Director and Dean of the UCL Institute of Education.
  • Ability to pose questions regarding supporting EAL learners to maintain first language(s) whilst learning English as an additional language.
  • Time-saving, one-hour intensive session with Q&A.
  • Access to session recording.
  • First to hear about future webinars and how to sign up.

If you have any questions that specifically relate to the webinar topic which you would like answered during the live session you can send them to: webinar@bell-foundation.org.uk

If the webinar is full, please complete the Wait List form and you will be contacted if a place becomes available. Everyone on the Wait List will be sent a copy of the webinar recording.

Ticket sales end Wednesday 2 February 2pm.

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