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English as an Additional Language (EAL) for school-aged children and young people

Essential information for educators

Laser Learning


£30 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
3 hours
Access to content
Lifetime access
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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There are over one million learners in UK schools who speak English as an Additional Language (British Council) and students speak over 350 languages between them (NALDIC).

It’s very likely you will have EAL learners in your classroom and you must be able to support, encourage, and include them in ways that meet their individual needs. Learn the main principles of EAL teaching, and approaches and strategies for EAL learners.


Learning outcomes
  • You will understand the barriers and challenges faced by a child who moves to the UK with EAL
  • You will know the benefits of being bilingual or multilingual and the positive effect on cognitive development
  • You will understand the current government policy and guidance on EAL
  • You will consider differentiating between bilingual pupils who have English language development needs and those who have Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Advantages of this course
  • This course suggests approaches and strategies for EAL learners, such as barrier games, scaffolding, and modelling
  • You will read about innovations in English language teaching for migrants and refugees and know where to find high-quality classroom resources for children, teenagers, and adults
  • In the Activity section of the lesson, you will be asked to think about the EAL learners in your school and how responsibility for these learners is organised by school leaders
  • There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

After purchasing this course on Reed, a customer service representative from Laser Learning will email you with an access code and instructions on how to redeem it on the Laser Short Course website. You will need to register on the Laser Short Course website if you have not done so already.

If the purchase was made within business hours, you should expect your access code email within 1-2 hours. If your purchase was made outside of business hours, you should expect your access code email the next working day.

Who is this course for?

Teachers and teaching assistants (or learning support assistants)


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