After a good few years of networking, attending conferences, teacher events, and advising mainstream teachers on EAL matters at a variety of venues and relentlessly attempting to build bridges of communication between the EAL specialism and mainstream pedagogy, I am now ready to begin my own EAL consultancy / training… Read the rest
I am going international on 30 July 2016, and am facilitating an EAL / ESL / ELL session on Academic Literacy strategies for mainstream teachers within the huge – it seems so! – EdCamp Global event (http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp#!) . Do join us!
30 July 2016, 8.00-9.00am British Time on… Read the rest
Yesterday late at night I came back from ResearchEd English and Literacy conference in Swindon. Primarily, I was one of the speakers – speaking, of course, on EAL (details below), but I was equally as keen to simply attend ResearchEd as it promotes this one thing that, shockingly, is missing… Read the rest
Earlier this week, when I came back to school, one of the first things I heard was the phrase, “She hasn’t integrated yet.” This was about one of my EAL students. This term, “integration” seems to be used in place of – instead – “inclusion”. With disastrous consequences for the… Read the rest
The mediocrity principle is a philosophical notion claiming that since life originated on Earth, it is quite possible that the same could happen – or already has happened – elsewhere in the universe. It has been taken to suggest as well that it doesn’t make sense to assume that you… Read the rest
It is a rather disappointing scenario in a number of schools that new to the UK and new to English EAL learners are often placed in bottom sets. There is a number of articles that point to this phenomenon online and offline – this UCL’s Institution of Education one (… Read the rest
This passing week, on Tuesday, I hosted a PGCE EAL Day at my secondary school. Following my hour-long lecture on the context of EAL in England and acquainting them with some differentiation strategies, the nine pre-service Geography teachers came over, accompanied by their tutor, for one day (a very rare… Read the rest
In early August, just a little over a month ago, my daughter was born. She is my and my wife’s first child, and we both love her to bits. She’s the cutest, most wonderful and beautiful baby.
She is safe.
Safe is not, however, what thousands of people – and… Read the rest
There is, perhaps, no other “flagship” item within the distinct EAL pedagogy as the notion of BICS/CALP, originally proposed by Jim Cummins. I would venture a guess that it is impossible to be an EAL professional without knowing about the distinction between Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills and Cognitive Academic Language… Read the rest