Nurturing a rich first language – the key to success in school

Carrie Norman is a former EAL Lead and a current primary school principal. She started Beelingual UK – a publisher of multilingual children’s books – in response to the needs she saw in school. Our EAL pupils have always achieved well with a visual, creative and language-rich curriculum, but it wasn’t until we really embraced… Continue reading Nurturing a rich first language – the key to success in school

EAL pupils with special needs: Are we meeting their needs?

Andrea Tan reports on a research seminar that she led at Bangor University, Wales, last month. It focused on the needs of EAL pupils with special needs, highlighting the paucity of research in this area, especially in the UK.  In the past two decades, there has been some attention given to meeting the needs of pupils with diverse needs.… Continue reading EAL pupils with special needs: Are we meeting their needs?

Creative ESOL for EAL

ReWrite is a London-based charity that aims to break down barriers of prejudice and racism through drama and creative writing. This post, by Farha Bi, builds on her experience of running Creative ESOL with EAL pupils in London schools. Rewrite has been working with young people since 2000 to improve English literacy and language skills as well as… Continue reading Creative ESOL for EAL

Unblocking university for displaced people

Today we begin a new series of blog posts around EAL. Our first is from Anna Lindley of SOAS (the School for Oriental and African Studies) in London. She writes about what universities can do for displaced people, including a new scholarship scheme. In the last couple of years, as government policy around immigration becomes… Continue reading Unblocking university for displaced people