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Meeting the needs of international students in the mainstream classroom – a practical guide for teachers

Dates: June 18-19 2020

Why should you attend?
If you teach international pupils in a mainstream school, this 2-day course will help you learn, refresh or build on your classroom strategies and teaching techniques to meet their needs. This is a practical course which will help you to source suitable materials and consider how to support your pupils with both language acquisition and concept development. We consider the principles of language learning as they relate to subject specific teaching and learning, and relate this to CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).

To give both EAL and subject teachers a better understanding of how concept development and language learning are related, so as to be able to support the needs of international pupils in the mainstream subject classroom.


  • Module 1 EAL Overview – Identifying the needs of international pupils and understanding potential barriers to learning
  • Module 2 EAL Practical Strategies – Exploring practical strategies and techniques for effective learning in the mainstream classroom
  • Module 3 Integrated Approach – Exploring the benefits of a whole-school approach to learning for international pupils
  • Module 4 STEM – Examining a Content and Language integrated approach to learning in STEM subjects
  • Module 5 Humanities – Examining a Content and Language integrated approach to learning in Humanities subjects

Wider context and/or application to the independent sector:
Gone are the days when subject teachers could place the responsibility for international pupils in the hands of the EAL teacher. Now, the ISI says subject teachers should equip themselves with the skills to meet the language needs of the international pupils in their classroom.​

Outcomes and resources:
Participants will develop empathy for international pupils, identify and examine potential barriers to their learning in mainstream subject lessons and explore the use of lesson planning, resources and teaching techniques to maximise outcomes for international pupils in the mainstream classroom.

Speaker: Elyse Conlon
Elyse has 16 years of experience in the international world of teaching, strategy and training, which began as Director of Studies in Phuket, Thailand and has continued at Moreton Hall for 9 years, where Elyse is Head of EAL and Director of Studies in their International Study Centre. Her main interests lie in upskilling staff regarding EAL methodology and practice. Elyse is Deputy Chair of BAISIS.

Speaker: Ali Talbot
Ali is Head of EAL at Abbey College Cambridge. Her EAL teaching, training and leadership experience includes developing an EAL department in an international school in Malaysia, running a language school for the Bell Educational Trust, being a CELTA tutor, and inspecting and advising English faculties in universities overseas.

Speaker: Catharine Driver
Catharine is a consultant and trainer for EAL and Academic Literacy. She has wide experience of  teaching and training in multilingual schools. She has been Head of EAL and Literacy and a school improvement consultant. Catharine was senior adviser for the British Council’s EAL Nexus project and is now secondary school adviser at the National Literacy Trust. In 2018, she co-wrote “100  Ideas for Secondary Teachers supporting EAL” (Bloomsbury).

Please note that the cost of the course does not include overnight accommodation. Delegates should make their own B&B arrangements. There are several hotels nearby including:

  • Hard Days Night, Central Buildings, North John St, Liverpool L2 6RR (hotel and course venue are on the same street)
  • Premier Inn, Britannia Building, East, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD (a 13 minute walk from the hotel in Albert Dock to the course venue)
  • Jury’s Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN (also in Albert Dock and a 14 minute walk from the hotel to the course venue)