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26 Feb
BAISIS virtual seminar: A whole-school approach to supporting international pupils in mainstream classes
26 Feb 2021 - 26 Feb 2021




BAISIS virtual day seminar

Title: A whole-school approach to supporting international pupils in mainstream classes

Date: February 26, 2021
Time: TBC
Speaker: Ali Talbot, Head of EAL, Abbey College, Cambridge
Audience: Heads of EAL and SLT/SMT


Why should you attend?
If you teach EAL in a mainstream school or are responsible for EAL provision in your school, this day is intended to help you explore how to implement a school-wide approach to EAL classroom strategies and teaching techniques in mainstream subject classrooms, to enable you to cascade ideas across departments in your school, to help you support subject teachers, and to enable you to take a role in influencing managers and policy makers.

To give Heads of EAL and EAL teachers a better understanding of the issues involved in teaching mainstream subjects to international pupils and equip them with the tools to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for international pupils in their schools. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss best practice and gain practical strategies to support those in the mainstream subject classroom.


• An overview of the best practice approach to EAL: Theory into practice
• The benefits of academic immersion for international pupils
• Introduction to CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) 
• Practical strategies for subject specific teachers to support international pupils in the classroom
• Policy level immersion – explore the top down and bottom up approach to immersion
• Developing a school-wide approach – the value of whole school policies for international pupils.


Wider context and/or application to the independent sector:
Many Heads of EAL work in isolation. The seminar will share valuable ideas and be a great networking opportunity.

Outcomes and resources:
Participants will identify and evaluate the advantages of a long-term approach to school-wide integration for international pupils, evaluate policies related to international students, and take away practical strategies to support their colleagues in the mainstream subject classroom.

Speaker: Ali Talbot
Ali is Head of EAL at Abbey College, Cambridge. Her EAL teaching, training and leadership experience includes developing an EAL department in an international school in Malaysia, running a language school for the Bell Educational Trust, being a CELTA tutor, and inspecting and advising English faculties in universities overseas.


Virtual day seminar