Advanced English as an additional language learners

Course Information

This course addresses the needs of EAL learners who have been in the UK for some years or may have been born here and present as fluent in conversation, but are not achieving because there are gaps in their knowledge of how academic language works in English. The course provides successful approaches to integrating a language focus into all classrooms, with simple strategies that can be consistently applied by all staff to ensure that pupils with English as an additional language are breaking through the academic language barriers they face and have full access to the curriculum. A course to inspire confidence, ensure student and pupil progress, and lead to a more inclusive approach across the whole school.

A one day course for those working with students who appear to have a passable grasp of English but are not achieving their full potential and continue to be held back by language barriers.

Who should attend

  • primary and secondary: school leaders, teachers across the subject range, EAL co-ordinators and support staff

What you will gain by attending the course

  • greater confidence in understanding the particular needs of advanced EAL pupils and why they have plateaued
  • tried and tested approaches to developing the language skills of these learners
  • a range of classroom strategies for teaching academic language skills
  • a cohesive approach to EAL with strategies that can be applied by all staff
  • improved classroom and whole school practice for all pupils

The course

  • outlines the role played by language in academic success
  • considers the social and linguistic issues faced by EAL learners
  • covers both the theory and practice of integrating a language focus into the classroom
  • presents successful strategies for developing academic language which are appropriate to all mainstream classrooms
  • focuses on strategies that will empower staff to employ inclusive practice across the curriculum


Course leader

Chiaka Amadi has 15 years experience as Head of EMA in secondary schools where she focused on coaching teachers in working with EAL learners. More recently, as a local authority adviser , Chiaka has managed two national research projects on ethnicity, language and equality, and trained and advised governing bodies and leadership teams in preparation for Ofsted inspections.


Course Details

Date: 17 May 2018

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:

‘... fantastic delivery. Has given me a better understanding of advanced EAL learners’

EAL co-ordinator

‘Full of practical ideas for extending language use. Clear explanations of how ideas can be used in each year group and with a wide range of topics. All easy to do - no special resources needed. And fun! Thank you.’

Year 6 teacher

‘Great range of activities included within the course together with suggestions on how to implement within the curriculum.’

Assistant headteacher