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Finding an Audience

A really important aspect to developing good writing habits in our students is to give them authentic or authentic-like activities through which to use their language.  A key ingredient to the authenticity of a writing task is to find an audience for the output.                     This […]

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Mother Tongue Interference

Radio 4 have just broadcast a series of talking heads from five polyglots describing their experiences as learners and  users of English as an additional language.                 From an MP in the UK parliament who started life in deepest rural Bavaria, to a Russian novelist who works now […]

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Writing Like a Historian – EAL strategies make it into the mainstream

The guardian has published a short piece about the frustration felt by a Year 9 history teacher when confronted with otherwise academically proficient students’ lack of finesse in their written work: My year 9 class are typical of many classes I’ve taught over the nine years of my teaching career; enthusiastic, bright, of limitless academic […]

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Comprehensible Input – Krashen makes the case

In this three minute clip, Stephen Krashen, celebrated scholar of linguistics, language acquisition and teaching, makes the case very clearly for comprehensible input. The lesson still stands thirty years or so after this speech was made.  Your students will stand a far better chance of acquiring English if you make the content of your lessons […]

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Year 5 Inter-House Balloon Debate: Call for Contestants

Year 5s!  The annual Year 5 inter-house balloon debate is fast approaching.  This is your time to shine on the podium, show off your skills of speaking, and really show your friends your powers of persuasion, charm and wit. So, what is a balloon debate? Imagine the scene: a hot air balloon is floating gently […]

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Why we need to teach academic vocab

The two videos below make an excellent case for why we need to teach academic vocabulary explicitly. Firstly, John Cleese gives us a tour of the inner workings of the human brain… … then we are treated to a game of cricket through the eyes and ears of our American cousins. While these two clips […]

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Helping ELLs become more effective readers

Recently we delivered an inset session to colleagues in the senior school on some of the issues surrounding ELLs and reading, and suggested some ways of thinking and strategies to help ELLs become more effective readers. Click here to download a PDF of the presentation we used.

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Engaging ELLs in Reading Tasks

Here is a really nice short video highlighting ways to engage ELLs during read-alouds. How many do you do as a matter of course? Are there any here you’d like to try? Tell us about your successes in the comments.

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FOBISSEA EAL JAWS

This year we hosted the FOBISSEA EAL job-a-like workshop and conference. We were joined by delegates from all over the region; from Kathmandu in the west to Ho Chi Minh City in the east, from Beijing in the north and Jakarta in the south and many many, many places in between, for two days of sharing […]

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Google Docs for Joint Construction

This week we have been experimenting with joint construction of texts using Google Drive. The idea here is to allow students to share their ideas on-line then each take a specific role in using those ideas to create a text after a particular genre. In the Year 7 class pictured, students were first asked to brainstorm ideas using a virtual bulletin […]

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