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27 Nov
BAISIS virtual seminar: Practical strategies for teaching Science to international pupils in the mainstream classroom
27 Nov 2020 - 27 Nov 2020




BAISIS virtual day seminar

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

Date: November 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Speaker: Catharine Driver, consultant and trainer, EAL and Academic Literacy
Audience: Heads of Science subjects and departments, Science teachers


Why should you attend?
If you teach a Science 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 international 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 Sciences and science 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 Science
  • Universal strategies for teaching and engaging international students in Science.
  • Strategies for reading, writing and vocabulary development in the Sciences, including supporting Science practical lessons.

Wider context and/or application to the independent 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 Science lessons and explore the use of lesson planning, resources and teaching techniques to maximise outcomes for international pupils in Science.

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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Virtual day seminar