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Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Rolie, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Hi, I'm currently working as a teaching assistant (moving on to do a PGCE in September) and I'm working with a girl who is classed as EAL in my foundation stage class. The problem is that she speaks neither English or Polish (which is where she is from), just mostly gibberish and I have no idea how to help her move on. I play a lot of sound and picture games with her and have a lot of conversations to do with the environment around us or animals or stories (she loves princesses etc) and so on but have no idea where to go next. Do I just keep playing the same games and having conversations about the same things until she learns to speak English properly? I am in desperate need of help and advice!!
    If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. If she is having problems in her first language too I think you/someone needs to do a referral to speech and language therapy (with parents permission of course). Although second language learners can have some delay in language this is not usually to an extent that they don't use either langauge particularly well, in fact some research suggest that they really don't have much of a dely at all!
  3. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Have you spoken to the parents about her spoken language at home..this would give you a good idea if there could be a speech and language issue.It is quite common for chidlren to mix the languages especially if still relatively new to a second language.
    If it does loo like she has the same issues in L1 then a referral would be a good idea, then at least specialist service can get to the bottom of it.

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