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13 Nov
BAISIS virtual seminar: Practical strategies for teaching Humanities to international pupils in the mainstream classroom
13 Nov 2020 - 13 Nov 2020




BAISIS virtual day seminar

Title: Practical strategies for teaching Humanities to international pupils in the mainstream classroom

Date: November 13, 2020
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Speaker: Catharine Driver, consultant and trainer, EAL and Academic Literacy
Audience: Heads Humanities subjects and departments, Humanities teachers


Why should you attend?
If you teach a Humanities subject to international pupils in a mainstream school, this seminar will help you learn, refresh or build on your classroom strategies and teaching techniques to meet the needs of those pupils. This is a practical course which will help you to source suitable materials and consider how to support your pupils with both language acquisition and concept development. We consider the principles of language learning as they relate to subject specific teaching and learning, and relate this to CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).

To give Heads of Humanities subjects and humanities teachers a better understanding of how concept development and language learning are related, so as to be able to support the needs of international pupils in the mainstream subject classroom.


• The principles of collaborative learning and the immersive context of EAL in Humanities
• Universal strategies for teaching and engaging international pupils in the Humanities.
• Strategies for reading, writing and vocabulary development in the Humanities.

Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:
Gone are the days when subject teachers could place the responsibility for international pupils in the hands of the EAL teacher. Now, the ISI says subject teachers should equip themselves with the skills to meet the language needs of the international pupils in their classroom.

Outcomes and resources:
Participants will develop empathy for international pupils, identify and examine potential barriers to their learning in Humanities lessons and explore the use of lesson planning, resources and teaching techniques to maximise outcomes for international pupils in the Humanities.


Speaker: Catharine Driver
Catharine is a consultant and trainer for EAL and Academic Literacy. She has wide experience of teaching and training in multilingual schools. She has been Head of EAL and Literacy and a school improvement consultant. Catharine was senior adviser for the British Council’s EAL Nexus project and is now secondary school adviser at the National Literacy Trust. In 2018, she co-wrote “100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers supporting EAL” (Bloomsbury).


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