EAL and secondary science

Course Information

A half day course focusing on the particular needs of English as an additional language learners in the science class at secondary level. Promoting language development for English as an additional language learners within the context of science is a challenge and understanding how the language of science works is critical. The session will focus on collaborative, talk-based activities as well as useful strategies to address issues such as reading exam questions and teaching specialised vocabulary for science.

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

  • secondary science teachers and leaders
  • EAL co-ordinators
  • teaching assistants

What you will gain by attending the course

  • theoretical and practical knowledge about planning for and teaching EAL learners in science
  • strategies and techniques for promoting the language of science in your classroom
  • greater confidence in working with EAL learners

The course

  • summarises the specific needs of pupils learning science in a second language
  • introduces the essential features of the language of scientific enquiry and communication
  • presents and reviews interactive teaching and learning strategies for EAL friendly science lessons
  • provides ways of  reading and unpacking questions in science exams

Course leader

Catharine Driver is a consultant and trainer for EAL and Academic Literacy. She has wide experience of working in multilingual schools and local authorities across the UK and expertise in the collection and analysis of data to raise achievement at whole school and departmental level. Catharine recently worked as senior adviser for the British Council EAL Nexus project and is currently Secondary Schools Adviser at the National Literacy Trust.

Course Details

Date: TBC (submit booking form to be added to waiting list)

Time: 9.30-12.30

Price: £120+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 Testimonial:

Interesting and informative! I've learnt some new techniques to use in the classroom - will take these back and share with the science team

Science Teacher

... an excellent platform for the teacher and teaching assistant to work together.

Teaching Assistant

... the strategies shown will be very useful especially focusing on the style of writing and way in which information is communicated to the students

HTLA Science