Course Type: 
Group Study

EAL for Classroom Teachers

Practical training materials for supporting the learning of EAL pupils in the classroom: understanding their needs, identifying their proficiency and supporting their progress

How to use this course

This course comprises two units. Unit one should be used with classroom staff - teachers and support colleagues.

Unit two is more specialist and should be used with more specialist colleagues.

Both units can be studied as either a download and deliver course as part of CPD or studied by an individual via the self-study route.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils form a growing part of our school’s population. It was estimated that in 2014 1.1 million pupils between the ages of 5 and 16 in British schools were classed as having English as an Additional Language.

Catering for these pupils’ needs within the mainstream classroom is crucial to ensuring that their level of English proficiency develops, and that they effectively learn the necessary curriculum content.

This training will help participants to:

  • understand EAL pupils: recognise the key characteristics of English language learners to best shape your provision
  • understand EAL learner needs: know the fundamentals of effective teaching for EAL pupils in mainstream classes
  • teach EAL pupils: practical tips to adapt your lessons to meet the needs of EAL pupils
  • identify proficiency: successfully assess the English language proficiency of pupils
  • assess EAL pupils effectively: understand how to carry out EAL assessments, and how to use this information to inform planning
  • gauge understanding of content: clarify how to assess pupils’ understanding of curriculum content based on their level of English proficiency.

This course was written by Hamish Chalmers, a former Director of EAL at an international school in Bangkok. He is currently completing a doctorate in English language acquisition at Oxford Brookes University.
The Self-study version was created by Caroline Colins.

After completing this course, or a unit within it, contact us to receive your certificate of attendance on