In 2008, the Teacher Development Authority funded the National Association of Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) to undertake a national audit of training to inform the five year National EAL Strategy.
NALDIC is also currently working to produce a new assessment tool but this is not yet complete.
In addition, the website of the service has links to other sources developed and suggested by NALDIC, Ofsted, as well as to manuals supporting practices, such as 'New Arrivals Excellence Programme Guidance'.
Since its inception, NALDIC has been actively engaged in campaigning for the introduction of an informed EAL curriculum, the re-introduction of pre- and in-service teacher education for EAL and an adequate level of funding for provision in schools.
Our conference last year looking at the interface between EAL and Additional Needs was so over subscribed that we are holding a follow up conference at Reading University in June (naldic.org.uk/eal-professional-development/index/eal-cpd-sen).
Like NATE (only smaller!), we support and promote people working in our field through a series of online and print publications, including NALDIC Quarterly (our closest equivalent to Classroom); publications with extended articles on classroom practice, specific issues such as assessment or working with isolated learners; and books produced by members and other experts in the field.
You can access all the research and dialogue about EAL through our professional association NALDIC
(National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum), www.naldic.org.uk.
We aimed to show what these look like and provided a link to the teachers TV video recommended by NALDIC
: http:// www.teachers.tv/videos/571.