• Start
    March 2018
    March 2018

    Accelerating the learning of EAL learners in the secondary classroom

    Speaker(s) Sofia Ali
    Aimed at Secondary Teaching Staff
    School level Secondary
    Hosted by: The School of Research Science, Country: UAE - Dubai

    Join Sofia Ali, an education and training consultant specialising in English as an Additional Language and cross-curricular literacy for a one-day intensive CPD session keyed towards enhancing the learning experience of bilingual pupils across the secondary levels.

    Based in London, Sofia has 20 years experience in classroom teaching, teacher development and school improvement in the UK and internationally. She has worked in schools in over 15 education authorities in England developing practical and creative classroom strategies to support the language development of bilingual learners. 

    Sofia is an experienced facilitator, an accredited Language in Learning across the Curriculum (LILAC) trainer, a How Language Works (HLW) trainer and a Member of the National College for School Leadership. Sofia is a regular contributor to both national and international conferences on language and literacy. 

    Sofia has held a wide range of roles leading and developing language in Education, including British Council EAL Nexus Project Manager and CPD Co-ordinator; adviser and consultant posts in Enfield, Kingston upon Thames, Brent, Barnet; Refugee and New Arrivals Consultant for London Challenge Keys to Success (K2S) schools; Acting Regional Adviser, New Arrivals Excellence Programme, (DCSF) and Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement, North Westminster Community School. 

    This practical course will examine how we can work with a number of strategies to enhance the learning experience of EAL students in secondary classrooms.  Drawing on academic research but rooted in practical classroom application we will look at how practitioners can make the implicit explicit in terms of language development in different subject areas.  

    Outcomes:  Practitioners will be able to use a range of strategies to develop academic literacy in their subject area when working with EAL students.  

    The programme

    Session 1: How do children acquire English as an additional language (EAL)? In this session we examine some of the key theories that underpin EAL pedagogy and practice.

    Session 2: Using the task to shape the talk. Understanding the register continuum and how talk changes depending on who, what and why we are communicating is an important part of students' oracy development. In this session we explore a number of practical strategies to use in the classroom.

    Session 3: Using multimodal literacy to make language explicit. How language works to make meaning and enabling students to understand what they are hearing or viewing is the basis of this session. We look at a number of texts from a range of subjects and explore how they work to make meaning.

    Session 4: Developing reading in multilingual classrooms. This session will look at before, during and after reading strategies that can be used to enhance understanding and engage students in reading the variety of texts they meet in secondary classrooms.

    Session 5: Exploring the features of academic writing in your subject. This session will look at the demands of academic literacy in a range of different subjects. Where possible, examples will be used to match the subject expertise of the audience.


Registration Fee Type
Tue, 29 Aug 2017
Member Price
Early Bird Discount
Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Non-Member Price
Early Bird Non-member Discount
School level: Secondary

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