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Assessment and tracking of EAL learners

  • Date: May 15, 2024
  • Time: 13:30– 14:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member – £50, BSA member – £65, BSA Member additional attendee – £30, BAISIS Member additional attendee – £20, Non-member – £130
  • Audience: EAL Leads, Head of EAL, EAL practitioners, all practitioners working with EAL students at any age or academic level
  • Platform: Hybrid – Zoom (online)/Abbey College Cambridge – webinar

Content overview:

This comprehensive session will equip attendees with essential knowledge and practical strategies to effectively assess and track English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners. Knowing how to assess, track and tailor support for EAL learners is essential for the demonstration of progress and, crucially, will also make a lasting positive impact on your students’ educational journey

Training topics will include:

  • Understanding EAL assessment and potential challenges and limitations to assessment
  • Tracking progress and setting goals
  • Progress outside the classroom: impact of socio-cultural integration and understanding cultural sensitivities
  • Best practice recommendations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition of the purpose, methods and challenges around EAL assessment and tracking
  • Methods for tracking progress and goal setting with students
  • Understanding the wider implications of progress and the importance of cultural awareness.



Dr. Helen Wood, Head of School Partnerships, Password English Language Testing

Helen’s career began as a language teacher. While following a bi-lingual postgraduate at Geneva University she discovered passion for EAP and CLIL methodologies. This led to twenty years in the independent school sector working in support of international students, first as Head of EAL and later a senior leader involved in CPD, curriculum development, pupil progress tracking and school improvement. Helen joined Password in 2018 to promote the use of appropriate assessment tools for EAL learners in the school sector.