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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Webinar Series Webinar #1 - Teaching the EAL Learners in Your Class

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Webinar Series Webinar #1 - Teaching the EAL Learners in Your Class


This webinar is a collaboration between Kilkenny Education Centre, Clare Education Centre, Laois Education Centre, Limerick Education Centre and the English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA).

This webinar is an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself with EAL teaching, the world of educating learners for whom English is an Additional Language. Discover practical tips and tools for EAL teaching and learning, explore how to overcome typical challenges experienced by learners with EAL, and review examples of practice to inform your work as an educator in linguistically diverse settings. While both a lack of knowledge of students’ mother tongues and a lack of experience in working with non-native English speakers can be daunting and challenging for schools, experienced teachers of students with EAL agree that it is possible to equip these students with tools, resources and strategies that they need to be successful in the classroom. 

When you complete this webinar you will;

  • Understand the context for EAL in Ireland today,
  • Be equipped with practical tips and tools for EAL teaching,
  • Have explored typical challenges experienced by learners with EAL, and
  • Have reviewed samples of practice to enable transfer to own contexts.

You will also have an opportunity to ask questions/clarify aspects of the webinar content throughout the webinar.

Aoife Merrins-Gallagher

Aoife is one of those teachers, with over eight years of experience in the Primary education system, focusing explicitly on inclusive educational strategies to support children with EAL. Aoife taught in both mainstream and support settings in the early stages of her teaching career, before commencing full-time PhD research in September 2018 (DCU-INTO150 Scholar). Since then, Aoife has developed a bilingual oral narrative programme which is taught collaboratively by mainstream and support teachers in linguistically diverse Junior and Senior Infant classrooms to bolster oral narrative competence for children with EAL. Her experiences as both a teacher and researcher can help to demystify the world of EAL teaching for webinar attendees. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Webinar Series Webinars

Teachers must register individually for each webinar in the Series they wish to attend. There are six webinars in the Series in total.

Course Properties

Course date 29-09-2021 7:00 pm
Course End Date 29-09-2021 8:00 pm
Capacity 500
Cut off date 29-09-2021 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Aoife Merrins-Gallagher
Number Hours 1
Location Online (via Zoom)
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Eircode - R95 RH97


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