Cumbria early years EAL is a good guide to enable you to self evaluate your progress in establishing a great setting for EAL learners in the Early Years. With ticklists to help you reflect on your practice and suggestions of things to do, a look at enrolment and a brief loo into the theory behind supporting strategies for EAL pupils. Lots to absorb… could be part of a development plan or and in-service CPD session.
Initial assessments can be made by a member of the EAL team. Please contact EAL Team to be directed to the appropriate member of staff.
Assessments are undertaken using the Primary EAL Profile .
Guidance on Updating EAL Profiles helps you to fill in the profiles
The targets identified in the profiles are linked with strategies from the Primary EAL strategies booklet.
Children may go through a silent period during their initial time in school. The Silent Period Language Development checklist may be useful to track this period.
The EAL Team may also be able to offer CAT sessions to support staff to update profiles.
Useful list of activities and games to use with any set of flashcards. These activities can be used with Induction packs at Primary or Secondary level, as an alternative to Big Bear Banter suggestions or to introduce new vocabulary for topics. Click on the image above to go to MES English Flashcards
Handy sheet for pupils to remind them of spelling rules in English.
Spelling Rules Keyring
Here is a list of useful websites for EAL pupils. You can search under the different levels of English, Primary, Secondary etc. If anyone has any sites that they think would be useful additions, please contact the EAL team to add them, thanks.
websites for EAL
Help I’m Being Excluded. This leaflet has been produced by Govan Law Centre and is for children who have been excluded so that they are aware of their rights. It is available in the following languages:
Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Gaelic, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Slovakian, Tagalog and Urdu.
Click on Help I’m Being Excluded to access
- For: Parents, Primary, Secondary, SFL
- Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Tagalog, Urdu
- Purpose: Best Practice, Information, Letters Home
At Charleston Academy and in the Highland trial in primary schools, Speedy Readers has proven very effective for pupils with EAL who have a ‘spiky profile’ eg their Listening and Talking is stage 3 or 4, but their Reading and Writing is stage 1 or 2. Typically, this will be a pupil in P5 + who has been in UK education for more than 2 years, but who has literacy difficulties.
It is ideal for these pupils as it involves:
- reading choice
- auditory back up
For information on how to implement, please see the Highland Literay BLOG http://highlandliteracy.com/speedy-readers-the-literacy-toolbox/
You may also want to use this with younger pupils. Please get in touch for advice.
Please note: This is not recommended for pupils who are New to English
Information for parents/carers and professionals on the advantages of bilingualism, available in the following languages:
ENGLISH ARABIC BENGALI CHINESE FARSI FRENCH GERMAN JAPANESE KOREAN LATVIAN MALAY POLISH PORTUGUESE PUNJABI RUSSIAN SPANISH THAI TURKISH URDU
- For: Parents, Primary, SFL
- Language: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Japanese, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu
This website contains lots of stories in many different languages. It has audio files and there is usually both English and other language version of the story. Once registered on the site, you have access to EAL guides which detail grammar and vocabulary included in the stories and other teacher guides and support.
World Stories website
- For: English, Parents, Primary, Secondary, SFL
- Language: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog
Language Line Services: this service is available 24/7 in over 100 languages. Please contact us for a leaflet with full details.
To book a face-to-face interpreter call the Highland Office of Global Language Services Ltd on 01463 258839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.