… tell us how you feel about EAL policy and practice. Naomi Flynn and colleagues from the University of Reading have developed a survey to capture how EAL teachers feel about their work and the broader policies around EAL. In this post she explains the reasons why the survey is important, and asks us all to… Continue reading The EAL Teaching Survey
Nandhaka Pieris (NALDIC’s project officer) attended the IATEFL conference in Glasgow recently and sends this report. This post was originally published on Nandhaka’s personal blog. Happy Easter and happy reading! ELT, EAL, INCLUSIVE PRACTICES AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS In this Inclusive Practices and SEND post, I am going to briefly round up the talks I attended… Continue reading IATEFL reflections
In the last of our mini-series of research blogs, Victoria Murphy asks what counts as research and whether everything that teachers are presented with should be given equal weight. Research comes in many forms, from reading reports of previous studies to carrying out randomised control trials (RCTs), and everything in between. There’s often an implicit… Continue reading What is research and who is it for?
The second in our week of research posts is a report from London. On Monday night, the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics hosted a round-table discussion on ‘New Speakers’ of languages – a term that captures the complex of issues around migration, language learning and community. There was much relevant discussion for EAL practitioners, especially as… Continue reading New Speakers round table – conference report
There are a lot of teacher-research events happening this week, and we’ll be writing every day to share the findings and resources with you. First is Kamil Trzebiatowski, reporting from this weekend’s ResearchED Language conference in Oxford. Watch this space – for the next few days we’ll be reporting conferences and events around the country. ResearchED… Continue reading ResearchED Language – conference report
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?
Chris Dixon is a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, where he studies the language and literacy development of EAL pupils in years 4-6. In this post he shares the ‘EAL Map’ of England and Wales that he created as part of his research. Last year a report was published which examined the educational achievement… Continue reading EAL Cartography