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EAL-Related UK Organisations
British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) provides a forum for people interested in language and the applications of linguistics. BAAL organises scientific meetings, and publishes a newsletter and conference proceedings.
In many parts of the world, it is common for children to be exposed to two or even more languages right from birth, but bilingualism is a relatively new phenomenon in most of Europe. As a consequence, growing up with more than one language is often regarded as ‘special’ and even ‘dangerous’ for a child’s development, and bilingualism is still surrounded by negative beliefs and misunderstandings. This is largely due to lack of information. Bilingualism Matters want to help inform the public about the benefits of bilingualism and encourage families, educators, and policy makers in supporting children’s development of multiple languages.
The Collaborative Learning Project is a teacher network to share resources that promote talk and provide access for EAL learners.
The English as an Additional Language Association of Wales (EALAW) is a not-for-profit national organisation committed to the advancement of language and curriculum development for pupils learning EAL.
Multilingual Learning is an ESRC-funded seminar series bringing together research from recent and ongoing projects on complementary schools in the UK and internationally.
NASSEA (The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement) is a professional organisation, established in 1989, to represent northern services and teams originally funded under Section 11, EMTAG and now EMAG. The association has members from 30 LEA services and teams stretching from Newcastle to Cheshire.
NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English) is dedicated to good practice in the teaching of English. The association has a range of committees and standing working parties who address current concerns, disseminate knowledge and ideas, promote the work of the association and seek to represent the views of the association to national and local bodies.
NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults) is the national forum and professional organisation for ESOL teachers.
SATEAL (Scottish Association for Teaching English as an Additional Language) is an organisation interested in fostering and developing the teaching of English as an additional language whose membership is open to individuals and groups involved with children, young people or adults whose first language is other than English, concerned for Scotland as a multilingual and antiracist society and interested in teaching English as an additional language. ***website currently offline***
Other UK Organisations
The Association for Language Learning (ALL) is the UK’s major subject association for those involved in teaching foreign languages at all levels. We exist to represent and support language teachers and are committed to their ongoing professional development.
The Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE) was founded in the belief that one of the best ways to advance primary education is through professional collaboration and action. It is open to all involved in primary education. The organisation encourages a considered and well researched perspective that will enable all children in primary education to get a better deal.The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a national association committed to working for the public good by sustaining a strong and high quality educational research community, dedicated to advancing knowledge of education.The Council for Subject Associations (CfSA) is a membership organisation and chartable company by limited guarantee set up with the support of the Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF) – now the Department for Education (DfE) – to act as a single voice for its subject association members. The CfSA currently has over forty member associations. These members specialise in over twenty different subject areas and cover varying stages of the curriculum. However, even though the member associations of CfSA have different specialist interests, by definition, they also share a number of deep commitments and concerns.
BC TESOL is the provincial organisation for EAL (ELL) and ESL/D professionals in British Columbia.
ITAEFL is an international professional organisation for English Language Teaching professionals.
MARILLE is from the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe, is concerned with the teaching of the language of instruction. In cooperation with the Language Policy Division of the Council the centre functions as a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages. It assists its stake-holders in member states in bringing language education policies and practices together. Because of rising migration, multiculturalism and multilingualism in all European countries, language classes are changing. MARILLE is therefore concerned with “majority language instruction” . MARILLE aims to research effective strategies of teachers and of education systems in order to cope with these new challenges, and it wants to select good practice examples.
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Education Programs (formerly National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education) collects, analyses, and disseminates information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S.
TESL CANADA is Canada’s national federation of English as a Second Language teachers, learners and learner advocates.
TESOL is a US-based international professional organisation for teachers of English to speakers of other languages.