On the 17th of January, I travelled to Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, where a TeachMeet – named “EngMeet” – took place in the morning – on Saturday at the Princes Risborough School. The school is beautifully located on the top of a small hill with lovely views over the Chilterns.… Read the rest
Over the first term of this academic year, in autumn 2014, I developed and trialled a system for quality assurance for the EAL department at the school where I work as EAL Coordinator.
The system is composed of the following elements:
- EAL TAs Feedback Booklet – a small booklet which
NALDIC* has uploaded to YouTube their 3-minute TeachMeet-style presentations delivered at their annual conference in Leicester in November 2014. I myself delivered one of them – on EAL Knowledge Framework and Mode Continuum – a lesson planning tool for both EAL classes and mainstream teachers (who have EAL learners… Read the rest
The first issue of a series of newsletters for mainstream teachers, raising awareness of how to effectively support EAL learners in your classrooms. Vol.1’s theme: DARTS (Directed Activities Related to Text).… Read the rest
If you are in education – or a TED Talk fan! – then you’re most likely to be aware of Ken Robinson’s arguments about creativity and how the Industrial Revolution is affecting schools nowadays. In this short article, I am suggesting that the continuation of organizing schools in line with… Read the rest
This feels like such a great opportunity to share what 2014 brought me and what and who I hope to be in 2015 and what I’d like to do in this next coming year.
I wasn’t really on Twitter last year. I was, kind of, but I didn’t really read… Read the rest
I have recently been making contact with quite a few schools in my area, asking about how they provide for their EAL learners in their schools. They were all secondary schools. Some didn’t even have an EAL member of staff working there, some did, but they were simply given this… Read the rest
I am a huge proponent of the collaboration between mainstream teachers and EAL teachers in our teaching of English as an Additional Language learners. This is why I make it a point to go out to many different events such as TeachMeets, conferences and events, aimed at teachers in general,… Read the rest
Rather disturbingly, this Daily Mail article , got published just two days ago. It claims that due to the support provided to EAL learners, native English speaking children have become a “low priority” group. Disturbing, but sadly not very surprising: another piece ostracizing EAL children (and migrants in general) and… Read the rest
On the 6th of November 2014, I made a rather long trip to Bradford to attend a meeting of the NALDIC Regional Interest Group (RIG) for Yorkshire and Humberside. This was an excellent way to network with some of the local teachers in my current geographical location. The event took… Read the rest