Our number’s up… The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we have suddenly leapt from NQ 10.1 to NQ 13.1. You may be wondering what’s happened to the other 11 numbers? Fear not, you haven’t missed anything, NALDIC’s Publications Committee decided to rationalise the numbering system to make it match the year we are. This edition will be followed by NQs 13.2, 13.3 and 13.4. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused – or may be causing now if you hadn’t
noticed the numbering – but we hope this will help us be more orderly in the future. Time will tell.
So what’s in NQ 13.1?
This is the Conference edition, where we bring together edited transcripts and write-ups of some of the talks and workshops that were given at our annual conference. The theme was ‘Reading English as an Additional Language’ and it was something of a literacy festival, with speakers from lots of different contexts presenting a huge variety of perspectives on this crucial and much contested aspect of our students’ learning.
Editorial (page 2)
View from the Chair (page 3)
What makes reading difficult for EAL students? (page 5)
The Politics of phonics: implications for bilingual learners (page 14)
Critical literacies: language, meaning and power (page 21)
A feast of stories (page 27)
Reading from the English as a subject perspective (page 37)
Using story to encourage EAL learners in the Early Years (page 41)
Reading across the curriculum: developing the reading skills of advanced bilingual learners (page 47)
EAL News (page 56)