ITT and EAL: Assessment (Webinar)

This webinar will introduce the Foundation's third EAL module (Assessment) for ITT providers and explore how it might be used.

Nearly half of all teachers in England will be working with pupils from diverse backgrounds, and superdiversity in schools is becoming the norm. Ensuring that student teachers are prepared to meet the needs of pupils who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) as part of their initial teacher education is essential, due to the scale of this challenge, and the need to ensure that their teaching practices are fully reflective of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Following on from Modules 1 and 2, The Bell Foundation has recently launched a third and final evidence-informed, free to download EAL module for ITT providers with a focus on preparing student teachers to approach assessment for learners who use English as an additional language. The module considers the importance of assessing the proficiency in English of EAL learners, and then goes on to explore practical strategies for assessing: proficiency in English, curriculum knowledge and home language. Like Modules 1 and 2, this module has been carefully designed to allow ITT providers to run the training session themselves.  

This webinar will introduce ITT providers to the Module and provide clear guidance on how the materials might be used. 

This webinar will explore:

  • Why we have developed a third ITE module on EAL 
  • What is the new ITE module (Assessment) 
  • Design features of the new module 
  • Suggestions for how it might be used 

Who should register for the webinar

  • ITT providers
  • Higher Education institutes accredited to provide ITE

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Ticket sales end 2pm Wednesday 18 January.

Your trainer, Emily

Emily Curran joined The Bell Foundation as a trainer in September 2018. Prior to joining The Bell Foundation, she 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.

Your trainer, Sheila

Sheila Hopkins has been with The Bell Foundation since 2020. She holds an MA in TESOL plus qualifications in primary education and EAL teaching.  She has worked as an EAL specialist in schools and as an EAL educator in initial teacher training and continued professional development courses at the university level in the United States. Her EAL work with The Bell Foundation focuses on initial teacher education, early career teachers and senior leaders.   

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