Online EAL training for international school staff

Are you looking to better support the learning of your multilingual students? Our experienced EAL trainers have developed and delivered a range of training courses for international school practitioners across Asia, Africa, Europe and America.

Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses are aimed at different roles and levels of experience within a primary or secondary international school, including teaching assistants, newly qualified and experienced teachers, EAL co-ordinators and school leaders. These courses are available to both schools and individuals.

Not sure which course is for you? Email us on and we’ll make a recommendation based on your needs. 

Our online courses

Our upcoming online courses

EAL Co-ordinators: Organising Impactful EAL Provision (Online Course)

10 September 2024
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Assessing the Language Proficiency of Learners Who Use EAL (Online Course)

18 September 2024
Online course

Teaching Assistants: Supporting Learners Who Use EAL (Online Course)

6 November 2024
Online course

Adaptive Teaching for Learners Using EAL (Online Course)

12 November 2024
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Online courses for EAL coordinators/leads

Are you an EAL coordinator in an international school, or hoping to become one? The following courses will equip you to lead on EAL provision in your school, organise effective learning and assessment for multilingual learners, and develop effective EAL policies and procedures.

Online courses for EAL/ELL teachers

If you work mainly with multilingual students to support their acquisition of English, then these courses can provide resources and ideas to develop and assess the English proficiency of your learners in both in-class and ‘pull-out’ contexts.

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Online courses for class/homeroom and subject teachers

Are you a class/homeroom or subject teacher who works with EAL learners in an international school setting? The following courses will equip you to effectively support and assess your multilingual learners’ acquisition of the academic language they need to succeed in the classroom.

Online courses for teaching assistants

The following courses, designed for teaching assistants who work with multilingual learners of English, will equip you to effectively support and assess your multilingual learnersproficiency in English and collaborate successfully with teaching staff.

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Online courses for school leaders

Are you an international school leader responsible for EAL provision in your school? The following courses will equip you to make evidence-informed decisions about EAL provision and embed a sustainable whole-school approach to EAL.

Online courses for non-teaching school staff

Want to communicate more effectively with multilingual learners of English when you don’t share their home languages? This course will show you how to adapt your language to provide clear information, give effective instructions and build strong relationships with multilingual pupils.

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Reviews from former participants

"The course was definitely a great help for me to learn how to start teaching EAL beginner pupils, how to prepare with checklists, action plans, various strategies, and most of all what skills and approaches that could be useful to each learner. Now, it gives me more confidence to be an effective EAL teacher and bring the best of teaching with compassion and respect that students deserve."

Teaching Assistant in Qatar

"This course has been extremely helpful and informative. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with participants from different parts of the world. Thank you for organising this course, and I look forward to attending more in the future."

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Frequently asked questions

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Free online EAL training

Not ready to enrol on a course? We offer a range of free, one-hour webinars throughout the year which explore current research and issues related to EAL provision in international education.  

Each webinar gives participants exclusive access to top experts within the field of EAL in an international context, or to expert EAL practitioners who will discuss their experience, give evidence-informed best practice advice and provide access to tools and resources. At the end of each session, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Our experienced EAL trainers

Each of our EAL trainers have several years’ experience in the field and will be there to support you along the way. They’ll provide individually tailored feedback on your course work, as well as answer any questions you may have during the course.

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Tom Beakes

EAL trainer

Tom has worked in English language education since 2003 and has taught in China, Japan, Ecuadornorth Africa and the UK. He holds an MA in anthropological linguistics and is CELTA and DELTA qualified.

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Sarka Piggott

EAL trainer

Sarka holds an MA in Translation Studies and Italian Philology and is CELTA and DELTA qualified. She has worked in language education since 2002, as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, academic manager and teacher trainer.

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Jo Thomson

EAL trainer

Jo holds qualifications in primary teaching, including QTS, an MA in effective teaching and learning, an NPQ in Leading Teacher Development and a CELTA. She has led EAL in school, mentored trainee teachers and delivered EAL training for ITT providers.

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Amanda Gurruchaga

EAL trainer

Amanda holds a Master of Arts in Spanish and English Literature, with a PGCE in Secondary English. She has worked in international school contexts, as well as UK schools with high percentages of EAL pupils, across pastoral and curriculum responsibilities.

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