Eloise Vivanco

EAL teacher training

In your bilingual school, do your subject teachers…

  • have any formal training on teaching children who speak English as a second language?
  • struggle to cover the subject content when they have to teach it in English?
  • need help to appropriately scaffold texts and tasks for second language learners
  • understand how to write dual content and language aims for their class
  • understand the importance of comprehensible input and a rich input environment?
  • have knowledge about which structures in English can cause problems for L2 learners, to be able to draw attention to them and support students in developing their English
  • know how to teach vocabulary and grammar inductively through exposure to target vocabulary and structures?

If not, then I would love to help you!


Eloise is working as the EAL consultant for my school, providing training, support and advice. She gives engaging, research based training that is created to be specific to the needs of our staff and students. She has provided ideas and advice and worked to help the senior leadership team and teachers implement new ideas and improve the teaching across the school. All of the work that Eloise has provided has been carefully researched, adapted to our school and professionally implemented. It is great to see the impact that she has already had on the learning and engagement of our students!

Matthew Davis

Head of teaching and learning Instituto Bilingüe Victoria, Mexico

Thank you for all your feedback, it is excellent! and very useful for us. It is a valuable experience for us as a team to have an expert in a particular field to come in and have a look at what we are doing and give us this kind of feedback. 

Anthony Devlin

Instituto Bilingüe Victoria, Mexico

Integrating content and language – why it’s so important in bilingual schools

In order to study in English, students need to develop CALP (cognitive academic language practice). CALP is the type of academic language necessary to understand a subject in depth and to be able to write and speak about it. It is generally accepted it takes 5-7 years to develop CALP proficiency and it is something that needs to be addressed from primary and through secondary to enable students to carry on their further studies in English. On the other hand, social language (or BICS – basic interpersonal communication skills) can be developed very quickly (some children become proficient in a second language for engaging socially with other children in as little as six months). This can sometimes give the impression of a high level of language proficiency, when, in fact, the student’s ability to understand more complicated academic concepts is hindered by their lack of academic English.

In my experience, not all bilingual schools are proficient at developing students’ English language proficiency in an explicit way. Teachers often assume that students will just pick the language up as they go along. As a result, some children struggle as they go higher up the school and, in some cases, children never reach the level of English proficiency necessary to reach an in-depth knowledge of the subjects that they are studying.

Work with me in two different ways

Option 1 is designed for schools who have an EAL coordinator who would like more support in giving a session on CLIL methodology. With this option, schools will be given access to a video training session where I deliver the session, with accompanying trainer notes for a teacher to lead the session, pause in the places teachers need to work on tasks, and give feedback on the tasks.

Option 2 is designed for schools who have an EAL coordinator who would like more support and training on CLIL methodology and for times when you would like to improve motivation by giving teachers access to an external trainer. With this option, schools will receive the same video session as in option 2, but they will also get a Zoom session for the teacher who will be leading the training course prior to giving the training (so I can coach them on how to lead the session and what to look out for in terms of giving feedback) and a live Q&A session with me on Zoom for all the teachers at the end of the session.

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Option 1 Option 2
Trainer notes to download
Pre-recorded video training session
One hour Zoom call with the trainer to coach them on leading the session
30 minutes live Q&A on Zoom at the end of the training session


Mex$600 (individual training session) Mex$3000 (pack of 8 training sessions)
Mex$1200 (individual training session) Mex$8000 (pack of 8 training sessions)