The Linguistic Challenges of the Transition to Secondary School (Webinar)

This free webinar explores the linguistic challenges of the transition from primary to secondary school and offers practical take-aways.

This webinar for Year 6 and 7 teaching staff and their leaders will present the findings of a research study on the linguistic challenges that the transition from primary to secondary education poses. It will also provide practical guidance for supporting learners who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) during this transition.

We will cover: 

  • The linguistic challenges presented by different curricular subjects;
  • The specific challenges posed by general academic vocabulary as well as the changes in grammar from KS2 to KS3;
  • The need for making the goals of KS3 explicit to pupils;
  • Implications for supporting EAL learners through this transition as they learn English and through the medium of English.

Part of the webinar will be allocated to a Q&A session. If you have any questions related to the webinar topic which you would like answered during the live session, please send them to:

Who should register for the webinar

  • Year 6 and 7 teachers and teaching assistants who work with learners using EAL;
  • EAL coordinators/leads;
  • Heads of Year 6 and 7;
  • Heads of English.

Why you should register for the webinar

  • A great opportunity for participants to have direct access to expert advice from Professor Alice Deignan and from The Bell Foundation;
  • Timesaving, one-hour intensive session with Q&A;
  • Access to the session recording;
  • Be the first to hear about future webinars and how to sign up.

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.

The webinar URL will be issued 90 minutes before the session. When you receive the webinar URL, please check that it takes you to the event room, if not, please email Please note that you will not be able to log in to the webinar event room in advance. Please check your ‘junk’ folder if you have not received this information one hour before the event.  

Ticket sales close at 2:00pm (UK time) on 23 November 2023.

Your trainers

Sarah Moodie has worked as a trainer for The Bell Foundation since February 2021. She has over 30 years of experience in a range of ELT settings including language schools, secondary schools, local education authorities and a UK university. She has also been a mainstream teacher. Sarah has an MA in Applied Linguistics as well as an ESOL focused PGCE (secondary) and two postgraduate diplomas. Sarah is one of the authors of the updated guidance and support strategies document. 

Alice Deignan is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Leeds' School of Education. She is a researcher and teacher in applied linguistics, with particular interests in lexical approaches to language analysis and teaching. Alice has taught adult EAL in the UK, and TESOL overseas. She currently lectures on in-service masters programmes in TESOL and supervises PhD students researching linguistic aspects of education. She has also worked as a lexicographer and author. Her current research project uses corpus linguistic techniques to explore and describe the language of early secondary school in the UK, in collaboration with education professionals at partner schools in the north of England.

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