‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

English My Way is a new education programme to support migrants in some of the UK's most isolated communities. Project officer Frances Carbines shares tips here on how teachers and volunteers can help build confidence among low-level learners.

'Most teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL learners in their classes ' Photo by Bartosz Kali, used with kind permission.

'Most teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL learners in their classes ' Photo by Bartosz Kali, used with kind permission.

'Most teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL learners in their classes ' Photo by Bartosz Kali, used with kind permission.

As we prepare to celebrate World Teachers' Day on 5 October 2014, the British Council's Caroline Drummond looks at what schools in the UK are doing to support EAL learners, and gives practical advice on how teachers can best meet their needs in the classroom.

'The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.' Photo: British Council

'The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.' Photo: British Council

'The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.' Photo: British Council

What makes illustrated storybooks such a good resource for teaching young learners of English? The British Council's Gail Ellis, co-author of a storytelling handbook for primary English language teachers, explains. Listen to an interview with Gail in our podcast and register for her webinar taking place on Thursday, 2 October.

Keeping a blog or even just captioning your photos is a good way to document your experience. Photo of the Teotihuacan pyramids by MCAD library on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Keeping a blog or even just captioning your photos is a good way to document your experience. Photo of the Teotihuacan pyramids by MCAD library on Flickr/CC.

Keeping a blog or even just captioning your photos is a good way to document your experience. Photo of the Teotihuacan pyramids by MCAD library on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How should we prepare for life in a new country? Every year, around 2,500 language assistants from the UK support the teaching of English in 14 countries around the world. Sarah Phillips, who worked as a language assistant in Mexico, imagines what advice she would give herself if she went back and did it all again.

'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC

'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC

'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC

What happens when you combine language, culture and politics in the classroom? Melissa Kennedy and Jon Green, teachers on a two-year project aimed at raising the awareness of language, culture and politics of the European Union for 300 young Belarusians, explain.