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EALead

The Cambridge EAL (English as an Additional Language) Research Programme

A research partnership formed between the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University and The Bell Foundation has been set up to investigate and improve educational outcomes for children with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

With the number of children learning English as an Additional Language in the UK almost doubling between 1997 and 2010 from 505,200 to 905,620* (Department for Education), it is important to understand fully the additional support necessary to ensure all students fulfil their potential.

The research project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with expertise in second language education, migration, sociology and community studies. It will develop an understanding of how EAL provision works in different primary and secondary school contexts in the East of England. The research programme will study the impact of current provision on the educational achievement, language development, and social integration of students whose first language is not English.

People

Educational Achievement, Language Education and Disadvantage (EALead)

Phase I:  School Approaches to the Education of EAL Students: Language Development, Social Intergration and Education Achievement

Professor Madeleine Arnot        Professor of Sociology of Education                         University of Cambridge    
Dr Claudia Schneider Principal Lecturer in Social Policy Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Michael Evans Reader in Second Language Education University of Cambridge
Dr Yongcan Liu Lecturer in Second Language Education University of Cambridge
Dr Oakleigh Welply   Lecturer in Sociology of Education University of Cambridge
Deb Davies-Tutt Research Assistant Anglia Ruskin University

Phase II:  The Education of Socially Disadvantaged EAL Students in UK Schools: Effective Matching of Needs to Provision

Dr Michael Evans                  Reader in Second Language Education                 University of Cambridge  
Dr Claudia Schneider Principal Lecturer in Social Policy Anglia Ruskin University
Professor Madeleine Arnot Professor of Sociology of Education University of Cambridge
Dr Linda Fisher Senior Lecturer in Second Language Education University of Cambridge
Dr Yongcan Liu Lecturer in Second Language Education University of Cambridge
Dr Oakleigh Welply Lecturer in Sociology of Education University of Cambridge
Dr Karen Forbes Research Associate University of Cambridge
Dr Mei Hu Research Assistant Anglia Ruskin University

The EAL Assessment Framework for Schools

Phase III:  The Guiding Principles for EAL Assessment and Evaluation: The EAL Assessment Framework for Schools (Primary and Secondary)

Dr. Michael Evans                                              Reader of Second Language Education                                                                              University of Cambridge

Professor Constant Leung         

Professor of Educational Linguistics                                King's College London
Dr. Neil Jones
Former Assistant Director of Research and Validation Cambridge English Language Assessment
Dr. Yongcan Liu
Lecturer in Second Language Education University of Cambridge

Phase IV:  Monitoring the Use of EAL Assessment Framework for Schools: Teacher Assessment Literacy and Practice of EAL (tbc)

EALead Approach

The research approach will comprise the development and evaluation of a number of case studies looking at how different schools address the needs of children with EAL, through interviews with school staff, EAL pupils and their parents and non-EAL students, classroom observations and learning activities. The findings of the research are expected to make a significant contribution to the development of EAL practice in schools.

Publications and Dissemination

Seminar Series

British Council Seminar
Bell Foundation Research Seminar
Second Language Education Group Seminar Series

Phase 1

EALead Project Executive Summary
EALead Project Full Report
British Council Seminar (Session 1)
British Council Seminar (Session 2)

TES Interview on migrant children (28 July 2017)

Phase 2

Language Development and School Achievement Executive Summary
Language Development and School Achievement Full Report
British Council Seminar

Phase 3

The Guiding Principles of EAL Assessment
Naldic Presentation
Naldic Workshop

EAL Assessment Framework for Schools (Primary and Secondary) (free download)

Enquiries

Dr Michael Evans mje1000@cam.ac.uk
University of Cambridge Faculty of Education

The Bell Foundation
Diana Sutton (Diana.Sutton@bell-foundation.org.uk)
Hillscross Red Cross Lane, Cambridge CB2 0QU
e-mail: info@bell-foundation.org.uk
Tel: 01223 275567
Twitter: twitter.com/#!/BellFoundation

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