Teaching Assistants: Working with Learners using English as an Additional Language (Online Course)

This online course helps teaching assistants understand the challenges faced by learners using EAL and introduces practical strategies.

This course aims to familiarise teaching assistants (TAs) working in international schools with some of the challenges that learners using EAL might face when learning English and learning through English at the same time. The course also introduces practical, easy-to-use strategies for supporting learners who use EAL to develop the language skills they need to access the curriculum and fulfil their potential.

This three-module course is designed to work around the busy schedules of professionals in schools. With five hours of online study over a four-week period, the course enables participants to work at a manageable pace with plenty of time to process course content and apply relevant insights to their contexts. 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 where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from and with each other in real time.

This course is suitable for all TAs in an international context, whether or not they speak English as a first language.

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

Course dates: 1 March – 29 March 2023. 

Ticket sales end Wednesday22 February 2023 at 4pm UK time (UTC +0).

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Tutors are experienced teacher educators with substantial experience of teaching and assessing learners who use EAL in relevant contexts. Tutors are trained e-moderators and offer friendly, practical specialist support to all participants throughout the course.

Who is this course for?

  • Teaching assistants working in primary and secondary settings.
  • Classroom support staff.

Module One (Week 1-2):

  • Introductions, access and orientation.
  • The role and importance of teaching assistants.
  • The superdiversity of learners using EAL.
  • Challenges EAL learners might face.

Time commitment: minimum 2 hours.

Module Two (Week 2):

Live interactive webinar with the course tutors:

  • Primary: Wednesday 8 March 12:30pm UK time (UTC +0).
  • Secondary: Thursday 9 March 9:30am UK time (UTC +0).

Time commitment: 1 hour.

Module Three (Weeks 3-4):

  • Supporting learners in the classroom and everyday strategies.
  • Working with teachers.
  • Course round-up and reflections.

Time commitment: minimum 2 hours.

Please note: this course is for international participants only. Please click here to view our upcoming online courses for those living and working in the UK.

If the course is full, please complete the Wait List form and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.

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