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English as an Additional Language – helping pupils and their parents

EAL – English as an Additional Language

According to the Department for Education, English is now the second language for 1.1 million pupils in the UK

A research project conducted in the London borough of Ealing recently found that “there are 150 different languages spoken in Ealing schools. Currently Somali is the most frequently spoken language after English, after which the most common are Panjabi, Polish, Urdu, Arabic and Tamil.”

You can read the full report here:

There were several recommendations to help schools improve their parental engagement:

  • more language support for parents
  • commitment by schools to enhance communication with parents by operating a ‘language aware’ policy for all staff
  • publications for parents in plain English, jargon free, with helpful illustrations of e.g. uniform items/games kit/school meals and so on
  • homework clubs including parents, with guidance from teachers about how and in what ways they could support their children’s learning activities
  • constant revision and development of EAL curriculum
  • clear explanations of dominant methodological and child development theories including attitudes to reward and punishment, customised to the local demographic.

English as an Additional Language – Resources

Below are some interesting and varied resources and ideas for improving EAL policies and practice in schools to help both the children and the parents.

*From the UK Department of Education – Developing Quality Tuition, Effective practice in schools EAL

 *Some great tips from three EAL teachers at the Cult of Pedagogy in the USA – 12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom

*A little bit of guidance for parents from the BBC website – English as an additional language:

*Education Scotland has some great ideas – along with lists of resources and up-to-date case studies and sharing of best practice:

*National Association for Language Development In the Curriculum – Funding for EAL

*Help from Australia: The EAL Handbook – Advice to schools on programs for supporting students learning English as an Additional Language

*Communication Across Cultures – resources to purchase for your school:

*Top Tips from Leicestershire County Council:

*Malden Manor Junior School also has some good resources:

* Tips from the  TES:

*Online Resources from Learning Village – free demo and can be managed by teachers or parents: