English as an Additional Language Essay

3350 Words Nov 17th, 2013 14 Pages
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
English as an Additional Language (EAL)

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Contents
Introduction 2
What are Schools’ Responsibilities for Inclusion under the National Curriculum? 2
What is an EAL learner? 3
Inclusion for EAL Learners and How Their Needs are Met 5
Factors that Impact on the Quality of Inclusion within the Classroom 6
The Role of Assessment to Provide a Baseline of Information to Support AFL 7
Access and Engagement Strategies Relevant to Design and Technology 8
Attainment and the Use of Learners First Language 9
Focussed Practical Tasks (FTPs) 10
Additional Support by ‘Buddying Up’ 10
Classroom Support 11
A Supportive Classroom Environment 11
The Teacher’s Role in
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Many of their learning needs are similar to those of other children and young people learning in our schools. However, these learners also have distinct and different needs from other learners by virtue of the fact that they are learning in and through another language, and that they come from cultural backgrounds and communities with different understandings and expectations of education, language and learning”. (NALDIC, 1999).
There are many factors that influence the diverse needs of an individual EAL learner that need to be assessed and taken into account when providing adequate classroom support:
* the age at which learners enter the educational system
* their previous experience of schooling and literacy in their first language;
* their knowledge, skills and understanding of languages and the school curriculum;
* home and community expectations and understanding of the education system;
* support structures for learning and language development at home and at school (NALDIC, 1999)
The Welsh Government has categorised the different stages of language development that an EAL child can be assessed at.
* A – new to English: needs considerable support
* B – early acquisition: significant amount of support
* C – developing competence: on going support
* D – competent: occasional support to access curriculum…