Teaching EAL Pupils in the Mainstream Classroom

Improving language acquisition for EAL and mainstream pupils alike

Fran Jones

Francis Jones has extensive experience of teaching and training English, EAL and literacy skills in the UK and across the globe. trainer profile
  • Do you struggle to accommodate the needs of EAL pupils whilst also trying to teach native speakers in the mainstream classroom?
  • Do you worry that time taken in helping EAL pupils is detrimental to native-speakers' progress?
  • Would you like to know how to teach EAL pupils and native speakers at the same time, in exactly the same way?

This course equips you with the knowledge to enable you to teach non-native and native English speakers the same content, at the same time and in exactly the same way, delivering content and language whilst increasing language ability, subject knowledge and cognition across the whole class.

What other teachers have said about the course

  • Lots of excellent ideas for activities in the mainstream classroom to encourage language development of EAL pupils for all levels.

    Alison Rigney - Wymondham College
  • Really enjoyed the course and I have gained lots of practical ideas for the classroom as well as some knowledge of EAL theory.

    Elise Brown- Hill House International School
  • Very enjoyable day! Very engaging speaker with excellent resources.

    Sam Baddeley - Eastbourne College
  • A very informative course that covered some really good strategies to use in the classroom

    Niamh Sheikh - Cranford Community College

Full Course Content

This course aims to:

  • Learn the difference between basic language skills and the academic language students need to perform effectively.
  • Acquire the tools to make your classroom a language-rich environment.
  • Understand how EAL (and mainstream) students' linguistic and cognitive skills can be developed simultaneously.
  • Putting it all together to plan your future path.

Course Outline

Introduction: The Learner's Perspective

  • What it's like for an EAL learner in a mainstream classroom?
  • Basic Interpersonal Communications Skills (BICS). What it is and why it's not enough.
  • Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALPS). What it is and how to implement it.

The Language-Rich Classroom. Improving Performance Across the Four Skills.

  • Reading activities: how to improve the experience - and the performance, for both EAL and native speakers.
  • Speaking: why it's so important in the classroom, and how to implement effective strategies.
  • Listening: both for gist and specific meaning. Activities to improve both outcomes.
  • Writing: improving understanding of structure, plus how to practice effective use.

Pick Up the Habits of an EAL Teacher: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Language Acquisition.

  • How to act like an EAL teacher. How reinforcement becomes second nature.
  • Making punctuation fun. (Honest!)
  • Starters and plenaries - vocabulary extension exercises.
  • Final overview: tying it all together.