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Discussion in 'EAL' started by TES_Rosaline, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    If you’re new to the EAL forum, welcome and I hope you will enjoy being part of a supportive and helpful community. If this is your first visit don’t forget to read the how to guide to help you get the most out of the forums.

    Please use this thread to tell us a little bit about yourself and to say hi to your colleagues. If you want to ask a question or get more advice about an issue you can start a new thread.

    Use this forum as your online staffroom to meet and chat with like-minded people in your sector or use it as the ultimate go-to resource for feedback on your ideas, inspiration on dealing with an issue or specific query. This is your opportunity to get valuable peer-to-peer advice and tips on the challenges you face or to share best practice and your experiences, whether they are triumphs or tribulations.

    Happy posting.
  2. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    Hello! I am grateful to the TES for opening a forum for EAL specialists. Currently I am an EAL support teacher in primary at an international school but next academic year I will head my department. I am also a TESMC trainer and have just completed training my first cohort of classroom teachers. I am interested in CPD for myself mostly around assessment and data collection. I’m on a google group for EAL educators in the UK and there’s a lot of great sharing there. I am so excited to communicate with EAL specialists all over the world.
  3. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Hello @grdwdgrrrl I'm currently a primary school teacher but am looking to switch to EAL in the near future so will be posting about how best to do that!
  4. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    Where are you teaching? I have some resources for you.
  5. MeddlingWizard

    MeddlingWizard New commenter

    This forum has come at the perfect time having just secured my first EAL post in an International School teaching grades 6-10.

    Prior to this I have been a TEFL teacher with a CELTA teaching in language academies in Europe, prior to THAT I did my PGCE with QTS in History, but chose not to pursue this as a career. I would be very interested in particular about the software and technologies we can utilise in EAL classes, since small language academies don't always have the budgets of large international schools in buy interactive whiteboards, etc.

    This position will be a learning curve for me as I'm not simply assuming EAL will be the same as TEFL in a language academy.
  6. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    It will not be the same. You will be supporting the students to access the mainstream curriculum and become bilingual. The NALDIC have a handbook for EAL coordinators- the first 100 days. I’d also have a look at the Bell Foundation, EAL Nexus and NALDIC websites. There’s a google group for EAL Bilingual practitioners. Check it out.
    yasf likes this.
  7. lovely.lady

    lovely.lady Occasional commenter

    I've just come upon this new forum!

    I'm a primary EAL teacher in Europe, supporting pupils in KS2. I'm also a UK qualified primary teacher and have been teaching overseas now for probably 16 years. I moved over to EAL 2 years ago in order to secure a job in my current school, and it was worth it!
  8. lardprao

    lardprao New commenter

    Hello all,
    Does anybody have any burning EAL questions that you would like addressed through research for an MA dissertation? I’ve been teaching EAL for many years and have ideas of my own but would like to do something that teachers would find useful so would welcome suggestions from colleagues. I’ve done a good deal on translanguaging, co-teaching and push-in/ out so don’t wish to pursue any of those. Thank you.

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