Working with EAL Learners: Closing the Word Gap and Boosting Writing

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Working with EAL Learners: Closing the Word Gap and Boosting Writing

EAL HUB also offers a bespoke in-school EAL review and additional training

Programme Overview

There will be a wide range of practical strategies and ideas that can be used at different settings.

EAL Training
Delivery Model Face to Face sessions
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material 
  • Refreshments and lunch (if applicable)
  • AED 1210 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke, in-school training, please contact Rebecca ( for more information.
Deadline booking date

Wednesday 28th September 2022

Date of Training Tuesday 8th November 2022
Time (UAE) 8:30am to 3:30pm
Venue Dubai – to be confirmed

Please note: 
If COVID restrictions are introduced, this course will become an online training session.

Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY Teachers, Teaching Assistants,
Leaders responsible for EAL provision, EAL Coordinators. 

Aims of the course

With many of our EAL learners reaching the level of advanced bilibgual it is important that teachers understand how best to support their learners to reach the next level in their academic success. This course:

  • Addresses the word gap that so many EAL learners have, how to identify it and how vocabulary can be implemented across a whole school.
  • Offers practical ideas and guidance as to how to support EAL learners to reach their potential academically without the need for extensive withdrawal or intervention.
  • Demonstrates how to use images and video to effectively hook in learners to enable effective writing
Intended outcomes

Teachers will:

  • Increase familiarity surrounding explicit vocabulary instruction.
  • Refresh their subject knowledge of word types and the words needed for academic success.
  • Gain ideas for practical activities and resources that they can easily use in their own lessons.
  • Gain a better understanding of how images, video and picture books can effectively be used to scaffold writing.

Beth Southern

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Beth Southern has over 12 years’ experience of working with EAL learners across both primary and secondary, independent and state sector and international schools. Previously a Head of EAL in a large inner-city UK school, Beth knows what it’s like to have very high numbers of EAL learners operating at a wide range of levels. Having set up the department and taken it through a successful Ofsted inspection, Beth went on to obtain a PgDip in Teaching Bilingual Learners and an MA in Language Education. Following this she worked as a consultant for numerous councils before setting up EAL Hub Ltd to fill a gap in the market. Beth felt that there was a lack of high quality EAL/Literacy boosting resources available to schools which focused on making lessons, topics and texts more accessible to EAL learners, enabling them to remain in class as much as possible.

Programme details:

There will be a wide range of practical strategies and ideas that can be used at different settings.

Day One  
08:45 Registration and refreshments.
09:00 Closing the word gap for advanced bilinguals

·     What is the word/experience gap?

·     Which words should we be teaching?

·     How can we implement strategies across the curriculum?

·     What effect does vocabulary have on comprehension?

10:30 Coffee Break.
11:00 Boosting reading and writing in EAL Learners

A practical session to try out resources, ideas and strategies that you can implement easily to boost reading and writing in EAL learners. A look at useful books, websites and activities

13:00 Lunch Break.
14:00 The importance of picture books, image and film for EAL learners

·     Exploring why using images, film and picture books is so effective as a scaffolding strategy.

·     Easy ways to implement these in to daily lessons.

·     Samples ideas, activities and resources that can be picked up and applied to your lessons.


15:30 Finish.


About EAL HUB Limited

EAL HUB Limited is a UK based company established in 2018, by experienced EAL consultant, Beth Southern. The website contains a wealth of high quality resources for EAL learners, as well as assessment and integration strategies.  The resources provide simple yet effective strategies to help scaffold learners and enable them to remain in class as much as possible.  Beth also provides bespoke training programmes covering many aspects of working with EAL learners.

EAL HUB Ltd aims to provide high-quality personalised consultancy, coaching and training for the development of EAL across all phases of education.  From single inset sessions to extended programmes of consultancy and key notes conference speaking, support is tailored to meet the needs of individual teachers, teaching assistants, whole school priorities and CPD training courses.


EAL HUB also offers a bespoke in-school EAL review. To learn more, please email

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