Subject: EAL and Literacy
Position: Head of English
5 Bits of Advice About: Helping your EAL students
- Expect your EAL students to be quiet (near silent) for a while, but take time to go over and chat with them. Don’t allow that silence to become part of their character.
- Please try not to see EAL as some kind of impediment. In all likelihood, you could have a student with a rich linguistic architecture (just not English, yet).
- Look at the written outcomes expected from your lessons and try to break down precisely what you are expecting your EAL students to communicate.
- Use the above expectations to inform an additional language objective which will actually benefit all of your students.
- The language-rich display and resources you create for your EAL students will actually help all of your students.