Essential C21st Teaching Skills


Unlocking the potential of EAL students
About this course

Throughout international schools around the world, student cohorts are becoming increasingly diverse. We want our students from a dizzying variety of cultural, pedagogical and linguistic backgrounds to access curriculum aims and objectives with the same fluency and aspiration as native language proficient students. Not only is this possible, but there now exists a wealth of dependable strategies and materials to confidently secure such success.

This course is based firmly on approaches, techniques, theories and cases studies that have created real results in actual classrooms around the world. Outstanding materials, activities and practical tips and tricks will ensure that you can return to your students with a clear set of principles and practices on which to enhance the learning outcomes for all your students.


Smiley face This course is co-organised with The Educational Collaborative for International Schools Ltd.


Award-winning course designer.

This course is designed by the ex-Head of the English Faculty at Harrow International School, Bangkok, who was entrusted with the creation of the provision for teaching EAL students and developing strategies to support the teaching of EAL students in the mainstream. His research-led and practitioner/learner-focused approaches were such a success that they received various international accolades including awards from Cambridge International Examinations. 

In six years of leading the English Faculty, students on his courses achieved four 'Top in Thailand' awards (with well over 100 international schools in Thailand serving a predominantly EAL cohort) and three 'Best in the World' awards for their successes. 

This unique programme is an absolute must for those wishing to improve the academic achievement of their EAL pupils, within an English speaking exam system. 

Course Outcomes:
  • Gain a greater understanding of the unique challenges that face EAL learners in the mainstream
  • Acquire new materials and approaches that have secured proven success for EAL students around the world
  • Find out how to create more meaningful links between literacy and linguistic development
  • Enhance your ability to use technology effectively to improve learning for EAL students
  • Learn about whole school approaches to support the learning of EAL students
Course Outline:
DAY ONE Session One: Creating Aspirational Expectations

Knowing what defines, not what confines, an EAL student

Drawing positively on culture, language and identity

Stretch from the start: establishing clear goals for EAL students

DAY ONE Session Two: Building Blocks of Language

Register, genres, morphemes and other technical terminology for teachers

Lexical density, reading age, scaffolding

Creating L1 and L2 synergy for EAL students

DAY ONE Session Three: Adapting Teacher Strategies to Secure Success

Enhancing oral literacy: writing for speech and speaking to write

Improving questioning, speaking and responses

All kinds of text for all kinds of students

DAY TWO Session Four: Assessment and Facilitation

• Assessing student level and charting progress

• Making the most out of Teaching Assistants and Language Support staff

• Pre, Mid and Post strategies for support

DAY TWO Session Five: Contradictions in the EAL Classroom

EAL and AGT: Stretching talented EAL Learners

Struggling with first language, succeeding in literature

Accepting errors: making meaning and centralising context

DAY TWO Session Six: Bringing it All Together: Inside and Across the Curriculum

EAL teachers in every classroom and every subject

Staff Skills’ Audit: own, department, faculty, and whole school

Personalised Pathway Planning and key takeaways

Wendy Imperato

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029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

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+44 (0)29 2071 1787