The term English as an additional language (EAL) is commonly used to describe children who speak one or more languages and English is not their first language.
Our team of appropriately trained and qualified teachers are led by Ms Sarah Thomas, the whole school EAL Coordinator. Our EAL specialist teaching team consists of Tetianana Yaremchuck, Oksana Kolomarenko, Yulia Zaryshniuk and Oksana Mosinz.
What can you do at home?
A child’s first language 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 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.