EAL Bands

Some Things to Bear in Mind...

It can be daunting to think about teaching English to your pupil, especially if they are very new to the language and you have not got much teaching experience.

Not to worry! You will find everything you need to succeed here and in our library (located at our Turl Street Office). Remember: you are not a professional tutor, but rather, a mentor! Your job is to combine some learning with a whole lot of encouragement, confidence-building, and fun.

EAL Bands and You

To get started, when you are assigned a Jacari pupil, you will be told their "EAL Band", A, B, C, D, or E. 

Take note of which band your pupil falls into because it will help you to determine which kinds of activity will be the most helpful for your students. Plus, we have coordinated all of our resources to match each band level. For a more detailed explanation of the EAL bands, see below. 

Bell Foundation 

The Bell Foundation's EAL Nexus website hosts a wide range of resources for teachers, resources for school leadersresources for EAL specialistsresources for learners and resources for parents. It provides up to date information about the UK education systems, EAL policies, assessment, school inspection and relevant research.

Useful links from the Bell Foundation:

Bell Foundation EAL Assessment Framework

Bell Foundation Teaching Resources

EAL Bands  

BAND A  - New to English:

  • May use first language for learning and other purposes. 

  • May remain completely silent in the classroom. 

  • May be copying / repeating some words or phrases. 

  • May understand some everyday expressions in English but may have minimal or no literacy in English. 

  • Needs a considerable amount of EAL support.

BAND B - Early acquisition:

  • May follow day-to-day social communication in English and participate in learning activities with support.

  • Beginning to use spoken English for social purposes. 

  • May understand simple instructions and can follow narrative / accounts with visual support. 

  • May have developed some skills in reading and writing. 

  • May have become familiar with some subject specific vocabulary. 

  • Still needs a significant amount of EAL support to access the curriculum.

BAND C - Developing competence: 

  • May participate in learning activities with increasing independence.

  • Able to express self orally in English, but structural inaccuracies are still apparent. 

  • Literacy will require ongoing support, particularly for understanding text and writing.

  • May be able to follow abstract concepts and more complex written English. 

  • Requires ongoing EAL support to access the curriculum fully.

BAND D - Competent: 

  • Oral English will be developing well, enabling successful engagement in activities across the curriculum.

  • Can read and understand a wide variety of texts. 

  • Written English may lack complexity and contain occasional evidence of errors in structure. 

  • Needs some support to access subtle nuances of meaning, to refine English usage, and to develop abstract vocabulary. 

  • Needs some/occasional EAL support to access complex curriculum material and tasks.


BAND E  - Fluent: 

  • Can operate across the curriculum to a level of competence equivalent to that of a pupil who uses English as his/her first language. 

  • Operates without EAL support across the curriculum


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