Welcome to the new blog!

Welcome to the relaunched EALjournal.org, the companion site to NALDIC’s flagship publication, the EAL Journal. We’ve made a few changes for the new school year, and this post explains what’s coming up. Our regular columnists begin on Monday, and you can read more about them below.

Regular columnists

You’ll see our regular columnists every Monday, writing about their specialist areas. Quite often, you’ll see that they’ve brought in another writer for a particular piece: part of their brief is to find new voices and to share them with you.

If you’d like to write with one of our columnists, get in touch at publications@naldic.org.uk.


News and reports

There’s a lot happening in the EAL world at the moment, and we’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on.

From government shenanigans (sorry – well-planned policy initiatives) to conference reports, workshops, local network meetings and CPD opportunities: we’ll bring the key people together to share their insights.


New and experienced writers

You’ll also find a wide range of contributors on the relaunched blog, writing about events and projects they have been involved in, or ideas they want to share. We hope very much that you will be one of them! Get in touch at publications@naldic.org.uk.



Our columnists

Subscribe to read the latest from our columnists every Monday.


Dianne Excell writes about our regional groups.

Dianne Excell
Dianne Excell

Dianne has worked with EAL students in many of Bradford’s inner city schools for more than 25 years and is currently EAL and Literacy Consultant at Feversham College – the first Voluntary-Aided Muslim girls’ secondary school in the country.

Through observation of students and analysis of their work, she has developed strategies to help individual students unlock more of their potential and advises colleagues on how to use literacy to raise attainment across the curriculum.

She has served on NALDIC committees for 12 years and currently co-ordinates NALDIC’s Regional Interest Groups, being responsible for the Yorkshire and Humberside RIG. She has contributed several articles to NALDIC Quarterly and was part of a NALDIC team which produced guidance for English teachers working with students learning EAL at GCSE for the publishers Pearson-Heinemann.

In recent years she has lectured on EAL to PGCE students and NQTs.


Hamish Chalmers writes about using first languages in the classroom.

Hamish Chalmers

Hamish Chalmers

Hamish is a doctoral researcher at Oxford Brookes University, investigating the pedagogical use of EAL learners’ first languages in mainstream primary schools in the UK. He is a member of NALDIC’s executive and he convenes the NALDIC Oxfordshire RIG. He is a member of the R.E.A.L. (Research in English as an Additional Language) research group at the University of Oxford, and he teaches on the M.Ed programme at Oxford Brookes. He was Director of EAL at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, and is a primary school teacher by training. In addition to first languages Hamish’s research interests centre around methodology for general causal inference and public engagement in science.


Frank Monaghan writes about language/EAL issues that crop up in the media and elsewhere.

Frank Monaghan

Frank Monaghan

Frank is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. Prior to that, he was an EAL teacher at a large, multilingual secondary school in central London. He is a (co-opted) member of NALDIC’s Publications Committee and helps out with the EAL-Bilingual list and NALDIC’s Twitter account (@EAL_naldic – please follow us if you don’t already!). His research interests include EAL and mathematics and he is the author of Practical Ways to Support New Arrivals – now rather old but not completely redundant – a bit like him, really.


Kamil Trzebiatowski writes about working with mainstream teachers.

Kamil Trzebiatowski

Kamil Trzebiatowski

Kamil is an EAL Coordinator at a secondary school in Kingston-upon-Hull.


He is a frequent EAL trainer and presenter at conferences and teacher events, and has been involved with several universities to train PGCE students. In 2016, he served as a director for Kingston-upon-Hull’s first EAL Conference and organised PedagooHull, a free sharing practice conference for teachers at the University of Hull.

He is a contributing writer for NALDIC’s EAL Journal. He is particularly dedicated to improving awareness of mainstream teachers of EAL pedagogy and partnership teaching. Kamil blogs and is on Twitter.

Peta Ullmann writes about NALDIC’s work

Peta Ullmann

Peta Ullmann

Peta has worked cross-phase in the field of EAL and race equality as a teacher and as an adviser for over 30 years in Leeds, Bradford, Greater Manchester and Essex.

Until 2015 she was the manager of the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service in Essex. Peta is currently working as a member of the education and lifelong learning service team in Essex leading on ethnic minority and Traveller achievement.

She has been a member of NALDIC since its inception and was co-opted to the executive committee in January 2006. She was elected to the executive committee in 2007. She became the Association’s honorary secretary in 2010 and is the Chair of NALDIC.


Victoria Murphy writes about research.

Victoria Murphy

Victoria Murphy

Victoria Murphy is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Deputy Director of the Department of Education, University of Oxford.  She is the research group convener of the Applied Linguistics and the R.E.A.L. (Research in English as an Additional Language) research groups.  Victoria’s area of research lies mainly within the realm of child L2/FL learning, vocabulary and literacy development.  She has published in a wide range of Applied Linguistics journals and is the author of “Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts” published by the OUP in 2014, as well as the lead editor of “Early childhood education in English for speakers of other languages” published by the British Council in 2016.



The EAL Journal is published termly by NALDIC, the subject association for EAL. Visit www.naldic.org.uk to become a member.