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supporting EAL children

Discussion in 'Primary' started by gracey3, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. I am a Year 1 teacher and I will be having a child starting in Year 1 whose family have only just moved to England and she has no English at all. I was looking for some pointers from those who have experience of teaching children English right from scratch. I did my NQT year this year and had experience of teaching children with EAL but they already had some basic English, I don't even know where to start with supporting this child, any advice greatly appreciated. I know that visuals are important, as the child is so young we don't think she can read or write anything yet in her first language as she would not have done that in school out there so its not like I can use picture dictionaries with her first language and then in English either.
  2. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    A lot of useful information from LAs has been removed from their websites in recent years but there is still a lot of advice and support out there. You may find some or all of these of use:


    http://www.naldic.org.uk/ - the national subject association for EAL; comprehensive advice and support

    http://www.britishcouncil.org/education/schools/support-for-languages/ea – teaching ideas and materials

    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/eal-toolkit-6040879 - EAL toolkit

    http://wsh.wokingham.gov.uk/learning-and-teaching/mea/eal/new-arrivals-toolkit-primary/ One of only a very few local authority sites offering comprehensive guidance

    http://www.fairfields.hants.sch.uk/network-eal/eal-resources/ -Primary specific resources and guidance


    collaborativelearning.org – curriculum accessible activities for EAL pupils

    www.newburypark.redbridge.sch.uk – see `Language of the Month’+ many useful resources

    www.senteacher.org – practical, adaptable resources

    www.mes-english.com- printables

    http://www.resourceshop.co.uk/rother/real/real.htm EAL specific

    www.schoolslinks.com.uk- free dual language signs

    www.dltk-teach.com adaptable printables etc.

    Good luck!

  3. princess77

    princess77 New commenter

    Hi gracey3

    For my new arrivals I have used Racing to English resources. It starts off very basic www.racingtoenglish.co.uk/about.html In my year group a teaching assistant was trained to deliver the activities. I have also used it for children who have very little English at home so that they can develop their speaking and listening skills which will then hopefully have an impact on writing skills.

    I hope that helps.

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