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Did you know that almost one in six pupils in UK schools are learning EAL? That's over 1 million pupils!

Did you know that almost one in six pupils in UK schools are learning EAL? That's over 1 million pupils!

NALDIC Conference 2014 was a great success! Thanks to all who came and made it so special. Presentations and videos are now available on the website.

NALDIC Conference 2014 was a great success! Thanks to all who came and made it so special. Presentations and videos are now available on the website.

Join NALDIC today and join the debate on how best to support EAL learners in UK schools.

Join NALDIC today and join the debate on how best to support EAL learners in UK schools.

Join NALDIC and get support and advice from the national subject association for EAL

Join NALDIC and get support and advice from the national subject association for EAL

Or join us at one of our conferences or professional development events

Or join us at one of our conferences or professional development events

There are over 6,500 languages spoken in the world. English is only one of them.

There are over 6,500 languages spoken in the world. English is only one of them.

EAL Matters 1 now available to download from the shop.

EAL Matters 1 now available to download from the shop.

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Chair 2013-16

A message from Yvonne Foley, NALDIC Chair

NALDIC is the national subject association for English as an additional language (EAL). Our mission is to promote the effective teaching and learning of EAL and bilingual pupils in UK schools. We provide a welcoming, professional forum to learn more about EAL and bilingual learners.

Check out our online shop to see our many specialist publications written by experts in the field. (Members can download most of our publications for free from the Members' Resources area - remember to sign in first otherwise the publications will not display!)

We also run the lively and informative EAL-Bilingual Google Group where you can post queries and discuss issues with other people involved in EAL (click on the speech bubble icon below to see the latest postings!) . It is a closed list so if you would like to join please send a request to eal-bilingual@googlegroups.com

NALDIC also runs Regional Interest Groups for our members up and down the country - why not get involved locally with yours?

We offer a variety of NALDIC training opportunities complemented by the work of consultants on our NALDIC Associate Members Directory. So, if you are looking for a trainer, see what we have to offer. If you are looking for a training event then check out our Events Calendar.

We also recommend attending our annual conference, which this year was about EAL Pedagogy in the UK: principles to practice. It took place at Leicester University on 22nd November 2014. The keynote, workshop and three minute presentations from the conference are now available.

We promote EAL research, understanding and best practice and promote plurilingualism within our multilingual society. Our website is full of information about EAL and EAL learners.

Please use the website search engine at the top right corner of this page to find more information.

Find out more about us and our work

Video

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  • NALDIC members talking about why they love coming to conference.

    NALDIC members talking about why they love coming to conference.

  • NALDIC 21 - Constant Leung on EAL and the NC English.

    NALDIC 21 - Constant Leung on EAL and the NC English.

  • Jean Conteh's presentation 'New Opportunities and Challenges for EAL'

    Jean Conteh's presentation 'New Opportunities and Challenges for EAL'

  • What is NALDIC for? One boy describes his experience as a new arrival.

    What is NALDIC for? One boy describes his experience as a new arrival.

  • NALDIC 21 - Simon Gibbons. NATE's perspective on the new NC English orders.

    NALDIC 21 - Simon Gibbons. NATE's perspective on the new NC English orders.

  • The Mathematics of Migration. An apt bit of yuletide mathematical reasoning. Thanks Hollie

    The Mathematics of Migration. An apt bit of yuletide mathematical reasoning. Thanks Hollie

  • Dan Lea's inspirational 'Feast of Stories' workshop at the NALDIC 2012 conference. Dan is returning this year.

    Dan Lea's inspirational 'Feast of Stories' workshop at the NALDIC 2012 conference. Dan is returning this year.

  • NALDIC Seminars: Leading experts in EAL present their cutting-edge research.

    NALDIC Seminars: Leading experts in EAL present their cutting-edge research.

  • How long does it take to learn English in our schools

    How long does it take to learn English in our schools

    02/08/11
  • Yvonne Foley's workshop presentation on 'Critical Literacies: language, meaning and power'

    Yvonne Foley's workshop presentation on 'Critical Literacies: language, meaning and power'

  • Professor Viv Edwards talks about The politics of phonics at NALDIC Conference 2012

    Professor Viv Edwards talks about The politics of phonics at NALDIC Conference 2012

  • Members talk about why they belong to NALDIC

    Members talk about why they belong to NALDIC

  • Learn more about speech and language difficulties and bilingual children

    Learn more about speech and language difficulties and bilingual children

  • Brian Foster on improving educational outcomes for Gypsy, Roma, Traveller students

    Brian Foster on improving educational outcomes for Gypsy, Roma, Traveller students

  • Sean Pert discusses speech and language therapy at the 2011 NALDIC conference

    Sean Pert discusses speech and language therapy at the 2011 NALDIC conference

  • Ofelia Garcia discusses translanguaging

    Ofelia Garcia discusses translanguaging

    03/08/11
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  • Why not withdraw beginner EAL learners for intensive English lessons?

    Why not withdraw beginner EAL learners for intensive English lessons?

  • BBC 5Live interview with Frank Monaghan

    BBC 5Live interview with Frank Monaghan

  • How can I make sure that newly arrived EAL learners are set or grouped appropriately?

    How can I make sure that newly arrived EAL learners are set or grouped appropriately?

  • Is coping in the classroom enough?

    Is coping in the classroom enough?

  • How can tablet devices and apps support my work with EAL learners?

    How can tablet devices and apps support my work with EAL learners?

  • Can I reliably use online translation tools to support EAL learners and their families?

    Can I reliably use online translation tools to support EAL learners and their families?

  • How can parents help with homework?

    How can parents help with homework?

  • Don't children get confused if they hear and learn two languages at the same time?

    Don't children get confused if they hear and learn two languages at the same time?

  • Our school has a lot of EAL learners on the SEN register - is this OK?

    Our school has a lot of EAL learners on the SEN register - is this OK?

News

Ofsted: Gypsy Roma Traveller Students
In September 2014 Ofsted published a case study on good practice for GRT students. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) pupils are among the lowest achieving groups of pupils at every key stage of education, although some GRT pupils achieve very well at school. There are many complex and interwoven factors that may influence the educational attainment of GRT pupils. Schools and local authorities can make a big difference to their life chances through:
 
EAL TeachMeets
As education cuts continue to make professional development opportunities harder and harder to find, TeachMeets are becoming a popular way for teachers to get together to share expertise and form informal networks with colleagues up and down the country. The next one, organised by Kamil Trzebiatowski, will take place in Hull on April 27: Click here for further details. If you're organising one, do let us know, or if you'd like to find out more about how to set one up, do get in touch. We have people who can help you with that!
 
Joshua A. Fishman (1926-2015)
A beloved teacher and influential scholar, Joshua A. Fishman passed away peacefully in his Bronx home, on Monday evening, March 1, 2015. He was 88 years old. Joshua A. Fishman leaves behind his devoted wife of over 60 years, Gella Schweid Fishman, three sons and daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 
NALDIC London South and Central RiG meeting
NALDIC launched a fresh Regional Interest Group for South and Central Londonace on March 19 at St Gabriel's College, SW9 6UL from 17:00-19:30. Guest speaker was Prof Cathie Wallace on How new arrivals with EAL become 'pupils' in London schools. The talk picked upon themes from one of Cathie's papers on this topic: Cathie Wallace (2011). We will post a link to an edited video of the talk shortly In the meantime, here is a PDF of Cathie's slides, which she has given us her generous permision to share.Cathie Wallace: slides from RiG talk.
 
A Great Briton's values
We're hearing a lot from politicians and Ofsted these days about promoting 'British values' though they never seem too sure about how these might differ from more widely shared values. Well, I haven't a clue either, but I rather like the suggestions below from the great British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
 
An EAL success story!
There was a report on Woman's Hour (30.01.15) about an event at Huddersfield University where the reporter shadowed and interviewed bilingual Muslim girls from Feversham College in Bradford. This is where Dianne Excell, coordinator of NALDIC's dynamic Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Interest Group works!.