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EAL help!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by anon3283, Feb 28, 2012.

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    I have an
    EAL child who has just started in my Year 2 class. He speaks very little
    English at all, and cannot hold a conversation. He can say good morning/ good
    afternoon when prompted, and can name some colours/ animals etc when I point to
    pictures. When I work with him he doesn’t understand what I’m asking him to do
    and obviously doesn’t have much idea about what’s going on in lessons. I’m at a
    bit of a loss as to how to help him! I have had no EAL training and no experience
    of this before. I was hoping that after a few weeks of being ‘immersed’ in
    English he would have begun to pick up a little more and would at least be
    interacting with the other children in class. However he doesn’t try to talk to
    the other children at all and at playtimes runs away from them if they try to
    talk or play to him. Understandably after 6 weeks of this they have stopped
    trying! I’ve tried to talk to him about this but obviously he doesn’t
    understand what I’m talking about. I feel like I’m failing him as he has made
    no progress at all since he has arrived.


    I’ve tested
    his phonics & high frequency words, he did quite well so he can obviously
    read and recognise words and sounds but he just doesn’t speak! Can anyone
    recommend any strategies/ intervention programmes I could use? Or websites that
    might point me in the right direction? I’ve labelled every available surface in
    the classroom to try and help him, as well as giving him flashcards with common
    phrases for him to use in class but he just stares blankly at me whenever I try
    to use them with him. It’s so frustrating for me as his teacher so I can’t
    imagine what it must be like for him! He seems quite happy carrying on as he
    has been, he hasn’t shown any frustration or unhappiness but this obviously can’t
    continue. Please help!
     
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    I have an
    EAL child who has just started in my Year 2 class. He speaks very little
    English at all, and cannot hold a conversation. He can say good morning/ good
    afternoon when prompted, and can name some colours/ animals etc when I point to
    pictures. When I work with him he doesn’t understand what I’m asking him to do
    and obviously doesn’t have much idea about what’s going on in lessons. I’m at a
    bit of a loss as to how to help him! I have had no EAL training and no experience
    of this before. I was hoping that after a few weeks of being ‘immersed’ in
    English he would have begun to pick up a little more and would at least be
    interacting with the other children in class. However he doesn’t try to talk to
    the other children at all and at playtimes runs away from them if they try to
    talk or play to him. Understandably after 6 weeks of this they have stopped
    trying! I’ve tried to talk to him about this but obviously he doesn’t
    understand what I’m talking about. I feel like I’m failing him as he has made
    no progress at all since he has arrived.


    I’ve tested
    his phonics & high frequency words, he did quite well so he can obviously
    read and recognise words and sounds but he just doesn’t speak! Can anyone
    recommend any strategies/ intervention programmes I could use? Or websites that
    might point me in the right direction? I’ve labelled every available surface in
    the classroom to try and help him, as well as giving him flashcards with common
    phrases for him to use in class but he just stares blankly at me whenever I try
    to use them with him. It’s so frustrating for me as his teacher so I can’t
    imagine what it must be like for him! He seems quite happy carrying on as he
    has been, he hasn’t shown any frustration or unhappiness but this obviously can’t
    continue. Please help!
     
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  4. Give him time. The first stage tends to be that the child is quiet and doesn't speak much. He will be taking things in though. Just keep helping him with vocabulary. Use lots of pictures/real things in your teaching, lots of actions and speak clearly. Put him with the brighter children in class and let him copy off them. Does your LEA has any EAL teachers they may be able to give him some one on one time. If not then do you have a TA that could work with him on a one on one basis. There are lots of lovely sites online if you google with lots of resources and ideas. Just google it. One that I use a lot is http://www.mes-english.com/ We have a stack of worksheets which we give ours when the work is just not appropriate but allows them to feel they are doing something useful rather than sitting there doing nothing. It might be nice if he has a bright, mentor in class. Someone to look after him and who would take the job seriously. We had a lovely boy last year who took on board all the EAL children. He loved the responsibility and made sure they were ok at playtimes. We could see him teaching new vocab to the EAL learner. Be patient he will get there.
     

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