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EAL pupils in Year 9 - Help!

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Geekie, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Have you asked in the EMAG forum ? https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/13.aspx
    We once had a Latvian girl come to us in Y9. She was one of the best achievers in French as it was just another language to her ! Similarly I had a Danish Punjabi-speaking girl who excelled in French. Knowing no French will put them on more of a par with the rest of Y9 than in other subjects !
  2. westnab

    westnab New commenter

    I have a Thai student who speaks very little English (could just about manage 'yes' and 'no') who arrived a few weeks after Xmas.
    I use the internet to translate vocab lists into Thai for her http://www.thai-language.com/dict/ is the best I can find - I just copy and paste the symbols. I believe it made her feel better to see some language she recognised and it also gave her a useful reference for English as she then had a three language comparison chart. Obviously I get things wrong as I can only go on what the website tells me, but she enjoys telling me I got it wrong when it becomes apparent to her from working with the words.
    She's now doing better than several others in the group.
    Best of luck.
  3. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    In addition to the excellent advice you have already received, a couple of free downloads that might be of use and interest:
    Department for Education and Skills (2002) Access and engagement in modern foreign languages: teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language
    Helen Bergqvist (2005) How do EAL pupils perform in MFL and what are the effects of setting on their performance?
    Hope this helps.
  4. Thank you so much these articles are brilliant and I will certainly use all the advice above.


  5. This TTRB article looks really interesting. Does anyone have any idea how to access this or any other of the articles on the TTRB now? I have been searching the web for days but have found no way to get at this one.
  6. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    The article is at
    Most (all?) government-sponsored national educational websites have now been transferred to the National Archives, where they can be found intact, with their previous links all working. The search engine attached to the National Archive leaves a lot to be desired, however, and it's better to find the original URL of any link you are seeking. I've tinyurled the TTRB article address as its new address in the National Archive is rather long.

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