Embedding Language for Learning in Multilingual Schools (Online Course)

This course considers the language demands of the curriculum and provides strategies for the English language development of EAL learners.

For multilingual learners using English as an Additional Language (EAL), proficiency in English can be a barrier preventing full access to the curriculum and meaningful engagement in classroom activities. Similarly, proficiency in English can prevent a learner achieving their potential in national assessments. This course will help to arm teachers with a good understanding of the language demands of the curriculum, and strategies to teach those specific language features, so that they will be in a strong position to plan and teach lessons that support the language development of learners who use EAL at the same time as teaching curriculum content.

This course aims to help teachers support their learners by focusing on the language for learning. It does this by:

  • Considering the role of different varieties of English in the classroom;
  • Exploring how to identify the language demands of the curriculum;
  • Exploring strategies for supporting the acquisition of English language alongside curriculum learning.

This course is the second in a set of courses covering the Language of Learning. The first course, Understanding Language for Learning in Multilingual Schools, aims to increase understanding of aspects of the English language which research has shown to be more problematic for learners using EAL. This second and more practical course builds on the first course by supporting teachers in identifying the language demands of the curriculum and deciding on the most suitable strategies to support learners in using this language.

This three-module online course is designed to work around the busy lives of those working in schools – tickets are available for either primary or secondary practitioners. With three hours of online study over a four-week period, this course enables you to work at a manageable pace with plenty of time to process course content and consider relevance to your context. The course is designed to be highly interactive and collaborative, with opportunities to work with other course participants, course tutors and course material. Module two consists of a live webinar with opportunities to ask questions and share best practice in real time.

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

Course dates: 13 June - 7 July.

Ticket sales close Tuesday 6 June 4pm (UK time).

Your trainer, Kamil

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.

Your trainer, Sarah

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Sarah Moodie joined The Bell Foundation in February 2021, as a trainer. Her ELT experience spans more than three decades and includes EFL, EAL and EAP teaching as well as managing and leading the EAL team on the island of Jersey. She has taught in language schools in Portugal and the UK. She has been a mainstream teacher of secondary English and drama, as well as an EAL teacher working for schools and local authorities.

Whilst she has taught pupils and students aged from 5 to 65+ years, the bulk of her work has been with secondary school pupils and young adults. Sarah has experience writing and delivering training for schools and trainee teachers, a role which she particularly enjoys. She holds a TESOL specialist PGCE, a postgraduate diploma in language and literacy teaching and a MA in Applied Linguistics. Her professional interests include exploring the interplay between languages and identities and ways of moving beyond the deficit model sometimes applied to bilingual and multilingual learners.

Who is this course for?

  • Primary and secondary practitioners;
  • Classroom teachers;
  • EAL coordinators;
  • Literacy coordinators;
  • Teaching assistants;
  • Heads of department.

Module One:

Pre-webinar online tasks: completed at your own pace over a seven-day period.

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes.

Module Two:

Live interactive webinar with the course tutors:

  • Primary: Wednesday 21 June 16:00-17:00
  • Secondary: Thursday 22 June 16:00-17:00

Time commitment: 60 minutes.

Module Three:

Post webinar online tasks: completed at your own pace over a two-week period.

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes.

Please note: this course is not available to international schools. Please click here to view our upcoming Language for Results International online courses.

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