Developing the Language Skills of Advanced English Language Learners (Secondary)

This webinar will present practical classroom ideas for promoting the linguistic development of advanced English language learners (bands C-E) at secondary level.

Following February’s presentation Using the EAL Assessment Framework with Advanced English Language Learners, this webinar focuses on what to do with learners after teachers have set language development targets. The webinar will explore strategies, activity types and techniques that will most benefit higher proficiency learners of English. Looking at specific examples of descriptors, the webinar will examine characteristics of student language at Band C (developing competence), Band D (competent) and Band E (fluent) and consider what teachers can do to best help learners reach these language targets. This practical webinar will include examples of activities from across the curriculum and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

The overall aim of the webinar is to help teachers provide continued language support for plurilingual learners once they are able to use English more independently to ensure their learners can meet their academic potential in a secondary international school setting.

This webinar will explore:

  • Why continued language development for advanced English language learners is important.
  • What strategies might be best used with this group of learners to promote language development.
  • Techniques, activity types and resources for higher proficiency learners.

Who should register for the webinar

This event is aimed at secondary school staff in international schools, including:

  • EAL practitioners in an international school setting. 
  • Class or subject teachers in an international school setting. 
  • EAL coordinators or heads of EAL. 
  • TAs who work in-class supporting high proficiency learners of English. 

Why you should register for this webinar

  • A great opportunity for participants to have direct access to advice from experts in the field.
  • Opportunity to pose questions.
  • Links to useful resources.
  • 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:

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 Thursday 27 October at 10.30 am UK time (UTC+1).

Important Notice: there are only two websites authorised to promote and take bookings for this event run by The Bell Foundation. These are: The Bell Foundation’s website and Eventbrite. Please do not book, or express interest in, this event through any other website.

Your trainer, Tom

Tom Beakes at The Bell Foundation

Tom Beakes joined The Bell Foundation in 2020. Tom has worked in language education since 2003 and has taught in China, Japan, Ecuador and north Africa. His main areas of interest are teaching young learners, project-based learning and teacher development. He holds an MA in anthropological linguistics and is CELTA and DELTA qualified. He has worked as a teacher trainer in the UK and abroad and is a regular speaker at English Language Teaching conferences such as IATEFL.

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