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New TA post with SEN and EAL

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by ANNABEL39, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone
    I have started a new TA post this week, I feel extremely lucky to have got the post as I only qualified in January so this is my first real TA job. I volunteered for 14 months previously in a mix of reception and Year 2. My post is a TA in a nursery but the school also asked if I was available for supply over the whole school (up to year 2) so I was more than happy to do this. Just before I started they asked if I would be interested in 4 exta hours a week working with 2 boys from Year1 one child who was behind due to issues at home and another child with EAL.
    I was really excited to be told I could decide what I would like to do with them, choose resources etc all numeracy and literacy based. The child with EAL also has a translator who comes in once a week to help with him. My teacher has told me to work on the satpin letters and 1-10 in numeracy and prepared some resources to get me going.
    Sorry, this post is waffling a bit. I am now feeling a bit nervous about getting the best from them and am going to research some of my own resources. I have never worked with any EAL children before and am wondering if anyone has any good websites for resources or any general advice. I'm sure once I have been there a few weeks I will be stressing less, it's all very overwhelming at the moment...being new etc. This is the kind of thing I have always wanted to do and am so pleased I have been given this responsibility. I just want to make sure I am really helping them both and the time I spend with them hopefully will see an improvement. I don't have a great deal of time with them. Usually a 40 minute slot. Thanks for reading.

    Annabel
     
  2. Hi everyone
    I have started a new TA post this week, I feel extremely lucky to have got the post as I only qualified in January so this is my first real TA job. I volunteered for 14 months previously in a mix of reception and Year 2. My post is a TA in a nursery but the school also asked if I was available for supply over the whole school (up to year 2) so I was more than happy to do this. Just before I started they asked if I would be interested in 4 exta hours a week working with 2 boys from Year1 one child who was behind due to issues at home and another child with EAL.
    I was really excited to be told I could decide what I would like to do with them, choose resources etc all numeracy and literacy based. The child with EAL also has a translator who comes in once a week to help with him. My teacher has told me to work on the satpin letters and 1-10 in numeracy and prepared some resources to get me going.
    Sorry, this post is waffling a bit. I am now feeling a bit nervous about getting the best from them and am going to research some of my own resources. I have never worked with any EAL children before and am wondering if anyone has any good websites for resources or any general advice. I'm sure once I have been there a few weeks I will be stressing less, it's all very overwhelming at the moment...being new etc. This is the kind of thing I have always wanted to do and am so pleased I have been given this responsibility. I just want to make sure I am really helping them both and the time I spend with them hopefully will see an improvement. I don't have a great deal of time with them. Usually a 40 minute slot. Thanks for reading.

    Annabel
     
  3. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    The British Council
    http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/
    is a good starting point
    Get a picture dictionary to teach vocab.
    Create lots of matching cards -
    pictures of nouns like fruit/animals/furniture etc and words to match
    pictures of people doing things like sitting, walking reading to teach verbs
    colours and shapes
    Did you learn a language in school? Can you remember the sorts of things you did?
    There is a great book called something like 1000 images for teachers to draw which you can use. It has pictures of loads of things - different prepositions for example.

    This link might help with the maths
    http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/teaching-maths-eal-children-5080

    Does the child use Latin/Roman script? It will make your life easier if he/she does.
     

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