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EAL - English as an Additional Language

 At George Spicer we are lucky to have 55 different languages spoken by parents and children within our school community. We believe it is a great opportunity to have these many different cultures and languages.

EAL means English as an Additional Language.  Whether your child is a confident speaker of English as well
as their home language or if they  have very little English they will still be considered to be an EAL learner.
We assess our EAL learners  according to their English language skills as well as how they are performing
within the national  curriculum.  This is so we can make sure we give your child the best support we can to
achieve to their full potential.

Resources Available 

  • Dual Language Books - Children and parents can read in English and their home language. If you would like your child to be able to bring a dual language book home please speak to your class teacher.
  • Talking Pen - These pens are used in school with dual language books.  Children can hear English and their home language spoken from the pen.
  • Kitabu App - Online dual language E-books used by class teachers to support Bilingual pupils.

Language of the month

Each month this year we will finding out about one of the many languages that are spoken by parents and children at George Spicer. In class we will be finding out where that language is spoken, who in our school speaks it and we will learn some words and phrases from that language. If you speak a different language and would like to contribute in some way to our Language of the Month program please contact the school office.

As an example, the Language of the Month for February 2017 was Cantonese
Cantonese First Words
Cantonese Numbers 1-12
Cantonese Q&A

What Can you do?

Being able to speak more than one language is a great opportunity for a child. Being literate in a home language has been shown to support a child’s development of English language rather than hinder it. Keep speaking and reading with your child in your home language as well as encouraging them in their English language learning.

Links:

If you would like to find out more about how to support your child in their English Language Learning you may find this site useful:

https://eal.britishcouncil.org/parents/support-your-child