Writing essays at A level

Course Information

Suitable for all teachers across the subject range at sixth form level, this EAL Academy course will give teachers the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to develop the academic language and literacy of their sixth form students, including the specific needs of advanced EAL learners. The course considers the demands of academic writing across various subject areas and offers strategies for improving essay writing, developing confident writers, and thereby improving the grades of A Level students.

A full day course for teachers across the subject range working with A Level students who struggle with the demands of academic language.

Who should attend

heads and deputies of sixth forms, sixth form teachers and mentors, EAL consultants, EAL teachers who support A Level courses

What you will gain by attending the course

  • an understanding of the issues regarding literacy at A Level and for other advanced courses
  • a range of useful strategies to employ in your teaching to support the development of advanced literacy in your students
  • the opportunity to meet other sixth form staff from the London area and beyond to discuss and exchange ideas
  • greater confidence in working with students who struggle with the demands of language at A Level

The course:

  • covers, in considerable depth, the issues affecting literacy at A Level including the specific needs of advanced EAL learners
  • presents a range of strategies, such as expressing modality or degree of certainty, to support advanced literacy across various subject areas
  • presents strategies for unpacking questions, planning essays, modelling and writing clear paragraphs, and understanding the essential grammatical features of academic writing
  • offers opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas with others facing similar issues

Course leader

Ann Elisabeth Jones is an independent consultant and trainer with a breadth of experience as a teacher and advisor in EAL at senior secondary level. She worked as Head of the EMA departments at The John Ruskin Sixth Form College and later at Westwood High School, was Senior Secondary Consultant at the Islington EMA Service, and more recently worked in the Tower Hamlets Sixth Form Literacy Scheme. Ann has also published several articles including ‘Race, Ethnicity and Education’ 2013 and holds a PhD in Education.

Course Details

Date: 5 October 2017

Time: 9.15 - 3.45

Price: £225+VAT

Location: Laycock PDC, Laycock Street, London, N1 1TH - a one minute walk from Highbury & Islington tube station

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Course Testimonial:

Opened new vistas for me..

Deputy Head

The care and precision of use of language has been highlighted (even in a subject like mathematics) for teaching and obtaining results expected of our students

Maths Teacher

.. it is going to make me a better teacher and subsequently the students are going to benefit from it

EAL Coordinator