Supporting young learners who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) is a new area of work and a priority for the British Council. We aim to:
provide opportunities to enhance the learning of English in schools.
support and develop existing EAL provision in partnership.
share our expertise in teaching English and in global citizenship.
EAL Nexus has the central aim of helping young migrant learners access learning and positively engage in schools, in the community and in society, thus promoting inter-cultural dialogue and social cohesion. We have four main objectives:
In developing a website with quality materials, which are free-to-access, we support mainstream teachers, advise them and provide them with suitable materials. By adding detailed teaching notes teachers can get ideas about how best to use the resources to enhance the curriculum and language learning of the EAL pupils. Most of the resources and strategies suggested are good for all pupils, not just for those for whom English is an Additional Language.
We build capacity in the sector. Our strategy is to build capacity through workshops and seminars, and by working with schools to better understand how to enhance pedagogy across the curriculum.
We focus on parental and community support by collaborating with community organisations and schools, developing quality materials and sharing best practice.
We support and strengthen EAL networks across the UK by establishing partnerships with EAL experts / organisations and by supporting and creating platforms for discussion around EAL in the UK.
The British Council
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations.
We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries bringing international opportunity to life, every day. Each year we work with millions of people, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing our cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and our ways of living and organising society. We have 80 years experience of doing this.
Helping young migrant learners in the United Kingdom to access learning and to engage positively in schools, in the community and in society.
Our team is formed of more than 50 EAL specialist qualified teachers working on the different aspects of the project across the UK, supported by our administrators and our website editor.
This project and its actions were made possible due to co-financing by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals. We also receive support from the Bell Foundation. The EAL Nexus seminar series are organised in partnership with the Bell Foundation and NALDIC.
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