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Linguistic Challenges of EAL: Normalising Difference in Teacher Education

This webinar is a joint event between NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum), and the Chartered College of Teaching.

NALDIC are delighted to launch a Special Issue Journal entitled: ‘Normalising Difference in Teacher Education: National and international perspectives.’

Educational initiatives across Anglophone countries have sought to ensure non-discriminatory policies and practices for pupils who do not speak the dominant language of the country in which they now live. Despite educational initiatives across these countries, research shows that teachers feel inadequately prepared to acknowledge, understand, value and build on the diverse social, linguistic and cultural capital that pupils bring to school.

This webinar will present contributions to the Special Issue Journal: “Normalising Difference in Teacher Education: national and international perspectives.” Presentations will consider the current status of EAL teacher education across international contexts.  A panel discussion following the presentations will allow the audience to pose questions to Angela Scarino, Linda Harklau, Constant Leung and Yvonne Foley.  There will be opportunities to discuss how we might further transform teacher education to prepare teachers for the linguistic and cultural diversity that characterises 21st century classrooms.

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Decolonising and diversifying the curriculum

These online modules will build capacity and knowledge within the profession, supporting teachers and leaders to develop a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that fosters a sense of belonging for all learners, deepens knowledge and develops reflection –


Our Presenters

Professor Linda Harklau (University of Georgia, United States). Linda Harklau is a Professor in the TESOL and World Language Education Program and Affiliated Faculty in the Linguistics Department at the University of Georgia. Professor Harklau’s areas of expertise are in Teacher Preparation and in second language learning and academic achievement of immigrant youth in high school and college.

Associate Professor Angela Scarino (University of South Australia). Angela Scarino is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics. Her research expertise is in languages education in linguistically and culturally diverse societies, second language learning, second language curriculum design, learning-oriented assessment, intercultural language learning and second language teacher education.

Dr Yvonne Foley is a Senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches on PGDE Secondary, MSc Language Education, MA Primary Education with Gaelic and MSc TESOL. Yvonne is also a member of the NALDIC Executive.

Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication and Society, King’s College London.  His research interests include academic literacies, additional/second language teaching and assessment, language policy, and teacher professional development.  Constant is Editor of Research Issues of TESOL Quarterly, Co-editor of Language, Education and Diversity series (Multilingual Matters), and serves as a member of the Editorial Boards of Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Language and Education, the Modern Language Journal and Research in the Teaching of English.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).  His work in developing the English as an Additional Language Assessment Framework for schools (funded by the Bell Foundation) won the 2018 British Council ELTons international award for innovation.

Dr Lisa-Maria Muller (Education Research Manager, Chartered College of Teaching). Dr Lisa-Maria Muller works on linking research and practice. She leads on the College’s research work, manages content for the member platform MyCollege and runs the Science Teacher Journal Club project. Before joining the Chartered College of Teaching, Lisa-Maria worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Universities of Cambridge and York on two projects relating to foreign language learning. At the University of Cambridge, she was also a member of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network and contributed to research and outreach work on multilingualism which included studying the effects of a bilingual education on children’s literacy development, the co-organisation of stakeholder workshops and the co-development of a resource pack for antenatal teachers. In her PhD thesis Lisa-Maria investigated the similarities and differences between typically developing multilingualism and multilingual language disorders. She is a qualified teacher and has worked in secondary schools in Austria and England.

Find out more about the work of NALDIC and the latest issue of the EAL journal here.

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