Using Barrier Games to Support Learners Who Use EAL (Webinar)

This webinar will explore how to use barrier games to support multilingual learners to better access the curriculum.

Barrier games are a flexible and engaging approach to developing language skills within the curriculum. This webinar for international school staff will set out why barrier games are such a useful tool for including learners who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) in mainstream curricular activities, and explore some of the many types of barrier games that can be used to support multilingual learners at different proficiency levels and across the curriculum.

Areas of focus will include:

  • Reasons why using barrier games are useful for multilingual learners;
  • Types of barrier games;
  • Examples of using barrier games within different subjects and task types in both primary and secondary contexts;
  • Advice on how to adapt barrier games for multilingual learners at different proficiency levels and educational stages.

Who should register for the webinar

  • EAL co-ordinators;   
  • EAL teachers; 
  • Teaching assistants (primary and secondary); 
  • Subject teachers (primary and secondary); 
  • Classroom teachers.

Why you should register for the webinar

  • A greater understanding of why barrier games are useful and how they can strengthen EAL provision in an international school context; 
  • A greater awareness of the different ways in which barrier games can be used; 
  • A deeper understanding of which areas of language can be usefully developed using barrier games in different subject areas;  
  • A great opportunity to hear (and share) new ideas for using barrier games in your classroom;   
  • Time-saving, one-hour intensive session with Q&A;   
  • Access to session recording; 
  • First to hear about future webinars and how to sign up.  

If you have any questions that specifically relate to the webinar topic which you would like answered during the live session, please send them to:

If the webinar is full, please complete the wait list form during the booking process on Eventbrite and you will be contacted if a place becomes available. Everyone on the wait list will be sent a copy of the webinar recording.

Ticket sales close 5 October 2023 09:30 UK time (UTC+1).

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Your trainer, Tom

Tom Beakes at The Bell Foundation

Tom Beakes joined The Bell Foundation in 2020. Tom has worked in language education since 2003 and has taught in China, Japan, Ecuador and north Africa. His main areas of interest are teaching young learners, international education and teacher development. He holds an MA in anthropological linguistics and is CELTA and DELTA qualified. He has worked as a teacher trainer in the UK and abroad and is a regular speaker at English language teaching conferences such as IATEFL.   

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