Skip to content ↓

We have two courses available in case you want to learn more about our language programme:

Academic Language in Every Subject, Thursday 29th June 2017
A day’s course exploring the following;

  • What does EAL mean to you?
  • What is literacy?
  • What are the challenges for us as teachers? The Functional model of language Academic language
  • The register continuum
  • A Teaching and Learning Cycle to scaffold language and literacy


The course puts language at the heart of teaching and learning and addresses the following:

  • What do pupils need to be able to do with and through language to succeed at school?
  • What do teachers and pupils need to know about language to ensure pupils succeed?
  • How can teachers scaffold lessons, units of work and whole curricula so that the development of academic registers of language within subject disciplines takes place?

 

How Language Works, Thursday 29th June onwards.

‘How Language Works’ is a comprehensive and innovative professional development programme that extends teacher knowledge and understanding about language and learning across the full range of school curriculum contexts, with the specific aim of moving pupils from everyday to academic language. The course puts language at the heart of teaching and learning and addresses the following:

  • What do pupils need to be able to do with and through language to succeed at school?
  • What do teachers and pupils need to know about language to ensure pupils succeed?
  • How can teachers scaffold lessons, units of work and whole curricula so that the development of academic registers of language within subject disciplines takes place?

Who should attend?
The course is designed to equip teaching and learning/literacy leaders with thefoundation of knowledge they need to drive progress at a strategic level, and should, therefore, be attended by those tasked with rolling out the principles and practices of the course across the school following completion of the training.
 

Programme Rationale
At Hamstead Hall Academy, we have become increasingly aware that the variation between the language of the home and community and the language of school is at the heart of a great deal of the underachievement of identifiable groups of our learners. These learners may speak English either as a first or secondlanguage. They draw on the language of home and community to make meanings within school.

School subjects draw on different kinds of language. These variations in language do not match. How can we address this gap? How Language Works is based on a functional model of language and genre pedagogy, an approach that has been shown, both in the UK and beyond, to at least double pupil progress. When we, as teachers, make the language of our subjects visible to ourselves, we can empower students to develop control over knowledge, make better choices with language, and so become more independent learners.


Logistics

The course is split into 10 modules, each lasting 3 hours. The course will be delivered at Hamstead Hall Academy from 2.00pm – 5.00pm on the following dates.

Module Date 1 Monday 12th June 2017

2 Tuesday 20th June 2017

3 Thursday 29th June 2017

4 Monday 3rd July 2017

5 Thursday 13th July 2017

6 Tuesday 12th September 2017

7 Monday 18th September 2017

8 Tuesday 26th September 2017

9 Thursday 5th October 2017

10 Tuesday 10th October 2017

Participants will be able to work towards a certificate by completing 6 Between Module Activities (BMAs) and Between Module Readings (BMRs). For the duration of the training period participants have access to 1:1 personalised guidance, support and feedback from the tutor.

What past participants have said about our courses


‘Highly informative and stimulating’


‘Easily accessible for people without a linguistic
background’


You have offered me ideas which will help me plan for
all my students’


‘The selection of different linguistic theories combined
with practical classroom strategies was great. Very
inspirational’

To learn more and to join a course, download the documents below.