The term English as an additional language (EAL) is commonly used to describe children who speak one or more languages in the home and who are learning much of their English in the school.
A team of appropriately trained and qualified specialist teachers (Ms Sarah Thomas – Whole School EAL Coordinator, Tetiana Yaremchuk, Oksana Kolomarenko, Yulia Zaryshniuk, Oksana Mosinz – EAL Specialist Teachers, all of our Teachers and Administrators) contribute greatly to raising attainment and closing the gap.
What do we do at school?
This involves not only literacy but other subjects as well:
What can you do at home?
Mother tongue is an asset – skills learnt in one language can transfer to the next.
Entertainment can be harnessed for learning – watch native language films with English subtitles.
Audio stories provide a good model of ‘book’ English – They are a good way of engaging children in texts above their current reading age.
Real-life situations provide rich learning opportunities – there is a lot that you can do whilst carrying out day-to-day activities. Writing for real purposes e.g postcards/letters to friends, notes to family, reading together in any language – stories, letters, billboards, road signs are all excellent ways of improving the language.
Reading is extremely important – read 20 minutes per day
Reading in any language is significant for language development and wider literacy skills. Daily reading routines are a must. As you read together, ask questions about the story (what has happened? what will happen next? which characters do you like, and why?) Make sure there are plenty of first language books, magazines etc. around the house.
Playdates and shared activities
Playdates: arranging playdates with other children of different nationalities are great for developing your child’s social English.
Shared activities: at home, like cooking, games, songs and movies will help to develop your child’s language and social skills.