Developing literacy and English proficiency in the multilingual classroom

Course Information

This course addresses the needs of more advanced EAL learners. They may have been in the UK for some years or have been born here and present as fluent in conversation, but they are not achieving because there are gaps in their knowledge of how academic language works in English. This course provides successful approaches to integrating a language focus into all classrooms.

All of our courses can be delivered in your school. For further information please get in touch via our contact form on the right hand side of the page.


This course is for

  • classroom teachers across the subject range
  • EAL co-ordinators
  • middle leaders

What you will gain by attending the course

  • greater confidence in understanding the particular needs of advanced EAL pupils and why they might not be making the progress you expect
  • tried and tested approaches to developing the language skills of these learners
  • a range of classroom strategies for teaching academic language skills
  • improved classroom and whole school practice for all pupils

The course

  • outlines the role played by language in academic success
  • considers the 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 worked extensively on EAL issues in both primary and secondary schools. As a local authority adviser, she 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: TBC (submit booking form to be added to waiting list)

Time: 9.30 - 4.00

Price: £225 + VAT

Location: Laycock Professional Development Centre, London, N1 1TH (a 1 min walk from Highbury & Islington tube station)

Booking Form

Please obtain a Purchase Order Number from your organisation's finance team before submitting a booking.

Course Downloads

Course Testimonial:

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

Assistant headteacher

‘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

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

EAL co-ordinator