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
One of the “flagship” aspects of EAL pedagogy is Jim Cummins’s BICS/CALP theory, which posits that whilst BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) is an earlier stage of second language acquisition characterised by a learner being able to speak the language for socialising (for instance, in the playground, at lunchtime and… Read the rest
In England, Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to school pupils and students considered by Department for Education as disadvantaged: meaning students who in the last 6 years were eligible for free school meals (referred to as Ever 6 FSM), looked after children (LAC), that is children in the care of… Read the rest
I have recently written an article for the educational online magazine Innovate My School on academic literacies, i.e. the need to recognize that different academic domains / school subjects come with different literacy requirements and thus with different linguistic demands placed on students. The article is very practical and offers… Read the rest
On the 27th of April, my school, Newland School for Girls, held its first ever EAL TeachMeet. The vast majority of the organization was done by myself, so it was a rather exciting experience! I’d never known, before I took this on, how much organization such one event… Read the rest
NALDIC’s 8th Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Interest Group (RIG) meeting took place at Newland School for Girls in Hull, on the 26th of February 2015. I was very proud to be hosting it at my school – didn’t take that much to make the arrangements on my side; it… Read the rest
I am writing this – at least starting to write – at the very end of my holiday in Scotland. Rather well deserved one, if you ask me! In the last week, I met up with friends in St Andrews, Cupar, and also went to Glenrothes, whilst staying with my… Read the rest