RIG Convenor: Rashda Salamat & Diane Embley Post: Rashda Salamat & Diane Embley
November 23rd 2017
Primary Centre, Langdale, Wallsend
Theme: Getting to know each other – with guest speakers:
- Debra Gunn: EAL Challenges in Northumberland: A week in the life of a Northumberland EAL teacher;
- Nothing is routine in this sparsely populated county. In a week, Debra, based in Ashington, works with refugees from Iraq one day a week and the rest of the week, she travels all over the county to work in primary and secondary schools in subjects across the curriculum. One day a week she travels to Berwick to work with one new to English child from Poland and give advice and guidance to the teachers.
- Diane Embley: Challenges and good practice for EAL learners in North Tyneside;
- which were totally different from Debra’s experiences. The team, based in Howden maximises EMTAS support to provide training for teachers and support staff to ensure systems are in place for induction, referrals, assessment, planning , data tracking and resources which include interpreters.
- Jean Conteh: From practice to theory and back again;
- From practice to theory and back again. Using the example of a Bengali boy she worked with as a teacher in Bradford, Jean emphasised that practitioners need experience of working in classrooms before they can theorise. Through the research of Jim Cummins, for example, she learned about the ‘common underlying proficiency’ and the ‘dual iceberg’ which shows that oracy and literacy skills in one language have an impact on learning another language.
- Dianne Excell: NALDIC: working on behalf of multilingual pupils and their teachers; the benefits of becoming NALDIC members.