The SecEd Podcast: Teaching students who use English as an additional language (EAL)

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode looks at how we can effectively teach and support students who use English as an additional language in the classroom.

With a focus on pedagogy and practical teaching advice, this episode of The SecEd Podcast advises secondary school teachers on how to effectively support EAL students in our classrooms.

With advice from three teaching experts, we consider who our EAL students are, the five bands of language proficiency, the tenets of good classroom practice, learning materials, translanguaging, high expectations, assessing learners’ progress, effective resources, and more.

We also look at family/parental engagement, how to support students when they first arrive in your school, whole-school approaches and supporting EAL students during Covid-19.

Our guests for this episode are:

  • Kamil Trzebiatowski is digital resource developer for The Bell Foundation, a charity that works to overcome exclusion through language education: www.bell-foundation.org.uk/eal-programme
  • Georgina Vince is the EAL coordinator at Co-op Academy Leeds
  • Pedro De Almeida Jarnalo is head of MFL and head of EAL at Haven High in Boston.



You can listen to this episode of the SecEd Podcast above. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit www.sec-ed.co.uk/knowledge-bank/podcasts/

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at editor@sec-ed.co.uk


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