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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

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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

Roma pupils must be better supported to learn, says Ofsted
New Ofsted report identifies case studies of good practice and makes a number of recommendations. Effective integration into schools and an uninterrupted education are the keys to improving the progress of Roma pupils.
 
Speaker sought for EAL Nexus Seminar, Belfast April 17
The British Council is looking for a speaker for the EAL Nexus Seminar due to take place in Belfast on April 17. The closing date is noon on Feb 23. Details here.
 
NALDIC events in January
23rd January - The launch of national audits for EAL that explored provision in schools and training and development for initial teacher education. Chair for the event is Diana Sutton, Director of The Bell Foundation. The NALDIC audit will be presented by Nicola Davies, EAL Consultant and The British Council audit by Catharine Driver, EAL Nexus Senior Adviser, British Council. Mark Sims, Ofsted, will be responding to the audits. ​Please see the e-flyer for further information about time and venue. We very much look forward to seeing you there.
 
'The Challenges of EAL'
DIane Leedham was invited to write a guest blog post on 'The challenges of EAL' for 'Key Insights' - a very influential website for senior leaders and governors. It's a very succinct piece aimed at the non-specialist that we're sure you'll find interesting and useful. We're delighted that Key Insights have recognised the importance of EAL and the dearth of information that now exists from 'official' sources.
 
NALDIC 3 minute presentations
You can watch the '3 minute presentation' videos we recorded at conference using this link: NALDIC 3 Minute Presentations
 
New NALDIC publication EAL MATTERS is launched
Government education policy currently seems intent on making EAL learners invisible and so NALDIC is particularly delighted to launch EAL MATTERS, our new online publication, with two papers that highlight bilingual learners’ distinctive needs in such central areas as writing, reading and assessment. It's free to download for members (remember to sign in first!) , and £2.50 to non-members, so yet another reason to join NALDIC!