EAL Research Articles

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On this page you will find links to research related to EAL. With every research article there is the title, authors, a brief description and a link to the article. Research into EAL is really important for EAL and mainstream practioners. Through research we can learn how to better deliver the best research informed ideas to support our EAL learners.

Proficiency in English is a better predictor of educational achievement than English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Hessel, A,K, & Strand, S. (2020)
Comparing EAL and monolingual learners to proficiency in English Scales, Hessel and Strand suggest that language proficiency is a better predictor of achievement than the term EAL. Click on the link to read the article in full.

Integrating Language and Content: The
Knowledge Framework

Slater, T. & Gleason Soule, J. (2011)

Article on Mohan’s knowledge structures which aims to bridge language and thinking. Click on the link to read the article in full.

Classroom Practice and Pedagogy: using the Knowledge Framework approach in the classroom

Thornley, P. & Vazquez, M. (2011)

Practical example of how to use Mohan’s knowledge structures in developing language and content for EAL learners. Click on the link to read more.

English as an Additional Language Proficiency in English Educational Achievement and Rate of Progression in English Language Learning

Strand, S & Lindorff, A. (2020)

Published by The Bell Foundation, s a report into how long it takes a New to English EAL learner to acquire proficiency and the length of time support is required. Click here.

Special Educational Needs and
Ethnicity: Issues of Over- and

Lindsay, G., Pather, S. & Strand, S. (2006)

Research into the over and under representation of ethnic groups identified as having a special educational need. You can read the full report here.

How Long Does It Take English Learners to Attain Proficiency

Hakuta, K. (2000)

A study in the USA on how long it takes to develop oral and academic proficiency in English. Click here to read the full report.

Educating English Language Learners. A Review of the Latest Research

August, D. (2018)

An article from the USA looking at seven principles of effective instruction for EAL learners. You can read the article by clicking on the link here.

Language Development and School Achievement

Schneider, C et al (2016)

A report into the factors that affect EAL students. The reports suggests that schools need to develop holistic and systematic approaches to supporting EAL learners in their classrooms. You can read the full report here.

The Role of First Language in English Medium Instruction

Chalmers, H. (2019)

This reports summarises research related to the role of language in education. Specifically, it looks at the role of a learners first language in schools where English is the medium of instruction. Click here.

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