CEC Blog

June 19, 2018

Writing skills are the hardest element of language to develop to an academic level. The level of precision in both semantics (sentences) and in lexical (word) choice needed to write in an academic manner across the curriculum requires a high level of accuracy in terms...

May 15, 2018

Providing appropriate support for language learner students starts with understanding where they have come from, where they might be going, and using this information to develop a language pathway for them. At the basis of understanding multilingual students is a proce...

March 20, 2018

One of the main challenges in instilling an "every teacher is a language teacher" ethos in schools is building understanding of languages across the curriculum. There is very often a default to EAL/ELL or English departments for language development, with subject-teach...

March 6, 2018

There is a consistent pattern in schools today of increasing numbers of students with an EAL designation and a concurrent decreasing in funding for EAL. This leads to natural tensions between the explicit needs of learners with EAL and the ability of schools to meet th...

January 23, 2018

Translanguaging is becoming a hot topic in education, especially in international schools, where linguistically diverse classes are the norm. However, the topic also generates confusion and concern for many educators, due to the fluid nature of the definition and confl...