Understanding Language for Learning in Multilingual Schools (Online Course)

This course aims to increase the language awareness of teaching staff so that they can meet the language development needs of EAL pupils.

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.

This course is the first in a set of two courses covering Language for Learning. This first course aims to increase practitioners’ understanding of particular features of the English language which research has shown to be more problematic for learners using EAL. Armed with this information, teachers will be in a better position to support learners who use EAL to access and understand curriculum content. The second and more practical course, Embedding Language for Learning in Multilingual Schools, builds on this 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 to five-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: 18 April - 19 May 2023.

Ticket sales close Tuesday 11 April 4pm (UK time).

Please Note: A recent review of The Bell Foundation’s VAT position with regards course fees has concluded that, as a charity, the Foundation’s online course fees can be exempt from VAT. Therefore, for all courses starting after 1 January 2023, course fees will no longer be subject to 20% VAT. If you have previously purchased a ticket, you will receive a partial refund for the VAT which is no longer due. If you have not yet purchased a ticket, then no action is required. If you have any questions regarding this, please email info@bell-foundation.org.uk.

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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 webinar.

Who is this course for?

  • Primary and secondary classroom teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of language, and its impact on learning
  • Teaching assistants working in primary/secondary settings
  • EAL coordinators.

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

Module One:

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

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes.

Module Two:

Live interactive webinar with the course tutors on either:

  • Primary: 3 May 16:00-17:00 (UK time)
  • Secondary: 4 May 16:00-17:00 (UK time)

Time commitment: 60 minutes.

Module Three:

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

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes.

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.

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