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Discussion in 'Primary' started by bravenhill123, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. bravenhill123

    bravenhill123 New commenter


    I have a new year 6 girl starting tomorrow. She is from El Salvador and is a Spanish speaker with little to no English.

    Has anyone experienced this before?

    If so, do you have any advice on how to help her quickly become accustomed to the language?

    She’s supposedly high ability, but I’m not sure how to approach this.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Sit her with your high ability children and allow them to support her.
    She will pick up English much quicker than with your lower attaining children.
    Leave her to it, to a point...she'll learn more by socialising than by 'teacher activities'.
  3. ronnieg

    ronnieg New commenter

    All time - we had 27 different languages at one point. As @caterpillartobutterfly said they pick up the language very quickly from others. I remember a young girl who joined us from Columbia - couldn't speak a word of English but after two weeks had a stronger Scouse accent than most of the kids in the class. :)

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