I have 2 EAL children in my nursery and am struggling to know how to really help them. Amazingly after many years of teaching this is the first time I have had EAL in nursery. They both have dads who speak some English but the native tongue is all they speak at home.They have been in nursery since January and I was told to just let them be immersed in the language and let them absorb it.By the way they do not speak the same language as each other. One of them understood a little English but didn't speak, the other no English at all. We started by just saying basically nouns such as coat and doing actions of putting on coat and pointing to cloakroom when it was time to put on coats. They then copied the word we said. I now feel they aren't really progressing as much as I expected and one never initiates speaking just taps us and points and is now more reluctant to copy our words, the other does say single words. The one who is not saying anything has always behaved ok ish on the carpet despite not understanding much (just for short spells, action rhymes etc) but is actually beginning to be led by the more disruptive poor listeners. I really need some suggestions of which way to go with them and how to progress. We have talked about books and pointed out animals for them to say. They can both count and know some colours but it is trying to get them to do any free speaking. While writing this Ihave realised that they are both understanding more now but just not speaking as much as I'd like.