Better Bilingual: Online support for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
We recognise that this is an unprecedented period of anxiety, upheaval and uncertainty for schools in the UK and around the world, and wish each of you well in managing the various challenges which come your way.
At Better Bilingual, we continue to focus on the educational and pastoral provision for EAL children, young people and their families – in these times of constant change and potential isolation.
We are rapidly adapting our ways of working to provide online teaching & support for EAL pupils & families, as well as virtual methods of collaboration with schools, MATs & community organisations to support EAL communities.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a FREE package of six Skype/Zoom lessons for recently arrived New to English pupils in the UK.
- Check out our ever-increasing bank of EAL resources (mostly FREE) for use at school or at home during the school closures here
- Email email@example.com to book a FREE 30 minute EAL consultation (via phone, Skype or Zoom) on how to support your EAL children and families during this current crisis.
Advice about Coronavirus in many languages
Here are some links to Covid-19 guidance in a range of languages. Do share if useful but please credit the organisations that created them; many thanks to Rob Sharples of NALDIC for sharing with Better Bilingual.
From Doctors of the World:
(Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Malayam, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese)
From Big Leaf Foundation:
(Pashto, Arabic, Kurmanji, Sorani)
(video in Pashto and English)
If you have feedback or these or other useful COVID-19 links to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you and take good care, all.
Bristol Learning City Resource Directory features Better Bilingual!
Bristol Learning City has started to curate a number of resources that are suitable for home-learning; further resources will be added in the coming days and weeks, with the aim being to create a list of resources produced by Bristol based educators and learning providers.
We’re very happy to be included on this list and hope the information is helpful to all those involved in home-learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
NEW home learning resources on EAL Nexus
Catherine and her Bell Foundation colleagues have also been working very hard to produce short guidance videos to make home learning more accessible to EAL learners, particularly to those who are New to English and at greatest risk of losing learning during this time. Do check out these COVID-19 Guidance and Resources which will be added to during the coming weeks.
Information on ‘Understanding Ramadan 2020’ here
One Bristol Curriculum
The One Bristol Curriculum project sees local arts practitioners and historians working together with schools and teachers to create a curriculum that integrates the full history of Bristol and the UK. Read more here
- Jonathan Bifield works as an EAL Coordinator at a large inner city secondary school in Leicester. He has been working in the field of EAL / ELT for over 17 years and has worked in Thailand and UK.Jonathan writes columns for the NALDIC EAL journal and delivers CPD on a number of areas related to EAL practice.His website ‘EAL in the Daylight’ offers a number of resources related to EAL.The main aim of the website is to ensure that EAL students are always kept in the daylight in our schools and classrooms. You will find book reviews, blog posts about best practice for EAL in the mainstream, a comprehensive list of EAL classroom strategies and some resources that can be used in the mainstream to support EAL learners.We’d love to hear your feedback if you use resources from Jonathan’s ‘EAL in the Daylight’ so please get in touch!
- Have you seen these excellent ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ leaflets produced by the University of Reading’s Centre for Literacy & Multilingualism (CeLM)? Highly recommended!TEACHING MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN: Advice for TeachersTHE BENEFITS OF MULTILINGUALISM IN THE FAMILY: Advice for ParentsMULTILINGUALISM IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY: Advice for Speech and Language Therapists
Better Bilingual Staffing Update
Catherine is now Director of Better Bilingual and the first point of contact for any queries about pupil assessments, consultancy or CPD relating to children and young people with BAME heritage, including learners with EAL. Do email
Yasmin is no longer working for Better Bilingual but as an independent consultant. We thank her for all her hard work over the past three years and wish her all the best in her new venture!
Stephen is now Senior Associate for Better Bilingual, in addition to his role as EAL manager in a school federation in Cheltenham.
Evie continues in her role as our Digital Marketing Manager.
If you are interested in joining our team of EAL experts or in discussing your EAL provision, do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you and/or see you at one of our upcoming Better Bilingual events very soon!
Better Bilingual End of Year Celebration Event – EAL Approaches to Enhancing Maths Attainment
To read about how this event went and to access information and resources to enhance EAL provision within Maths pedagogy, click here.
Better Bilingual CPD in collaboration with the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance
Dates of Bristol’s Equality Network Future meetings
Funding for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) – update for 2019-20
How does your Local Authority manage central government funding for pupils with EAL? Read Stephen’s helpful summary here
Government: New OFSTED 2019 framework makes no mention of EAL pupils
NALDIC’s response to Ofsted’s draft education inspection framework for 2019 – NALDIC Position Statement, EAL journal, 3rd April 2019 – read the article here to find out NALDIC’s recommended actions for schools in ensuring inclusive practice is developed in meeting the needs of EAL learners.
Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Catherine has written a commentary on Family Language Policy which has recently been published in a Chinese Journal: http://yyzlyj.cp.com.cn/CN/abstract/abstract237.shtml
Recent research reports on EAL, by The Bell Foundation and partners
- English as an Additional Language, proficiency in English and pupils’ educational achievement: an analysis of Local Authority date (Strand, 2018) – click here to read
- English as an Additional Language and Initial Teacher Education – click here to read