At REAL Learners we offer training, support and advice to help
you integrate the guided language activities into your lesson plan

Training and Advice

Does your school or organisation require training?

REAL Learners can help you with a range of staff training on all aspects of teaching and learning EAL.

We offer training packages from hourly, after-school staff meetings to half day training sessions for school staff or Multi-Academy Trust members. Every session is bespoke and planned according to the needs of your particular setting and your individual staff. All training is competitively priced and delivered by experienced practitioners.  The menu below outlines the type of training we offer.

For further information, or to book a session, please contact Justine on 07415 383 865 or email info@reallearners.co.uk

 

Guided Language Activities training

If you have purchased our Guided Language Activities programme, thank you!

Training is available to help your staff get the most from the activities and offers:

  • An introduction to programme and an overview of how children learn a new language
  • Familiarisation with the materials and activities
  • Advice on planning and delivery
  • Ways to monitor and assess progress

For further information, or to book a session, please contact Justine on 07415 383 865 of email info@reallearners.co.uk

Strategies for supporting Newly Arrived Pupils in the Classroom

When children arrive from overseas with very little or no English, they need to feel safe and valued before they can begin to learn. In busy, time-strapped classrooms, creating the spaces for this to happen is often difficult. This course, delivered by a teacher with over 30 years’ experience of teaching newly arrived EAL pupils, will share ideas with participants on how to:

  • Welcome and include newly arrived pupils into daily school routines
  • Engage with parents to make the whole family’s experience positive
  • Adapt teaching plans to include pupils in the early stages of acquiring English
  • Choose activities that support curriculum and language learning

For further information, or to book a session, please contact Justine on 07415 383 865 of email info@reallearners.co.uk

I am an excellent teacher of EAL because…

… if you are a teacher who has children learning English as an Additional Language in your class, you are a teacher of EAL, whether you feel prepared and trained for this challenge or not. This course offers participants the chance to reflect on their classroom practice, and on their attitudes towards other languages which will affect how they interact with and empower EAL pupils to flourish. Led by an experienced trainer, this course will consider:

  • The challenges pupils face when learning academic English and some practical solutions
  • Everyday strategies and ideas to improve pupils’ literacy skills
  • How to create an inclusive learning environment in which pupils from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds can thrive

For further information, or to book a session, please contact Justine on 07415 383 865 of email info@reallearners.co.uk

Assessing pupils learning EAL: Avoiding Invisible Pupils

There is no national EAL assessment system in place in the UK, even though this could be enormously useful to schools. While the progress of children in the early stages of learning EAL is often easy to see as their rate of acquiring conversational English can be relatively quick, children who need to develop academic English to progress further, can sometimes become invisible. They appear to cope with day-to-day learning while their language development plateaus. Participants at this training will therefore reflect on:

  • Their school’s current EAL assessment and monitoring systems, how they work and how they inform practice
  • How to collect a range of data and assess pupils’ oracy and literacy skills
  • When and how to set language learning targets
  • Strategies to avoid invisibility

For further information, or to book a session, please contact Justine on 07415 383 865 of email info@reallearners.co.uk

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