A research project called ‘Language Place and Identity’ has been running for the past year through Bilingualism Matters at University of Edinburgh.
More information can be found here
and a presentation of the project’s findings is to be held at Inverness College in March, register here
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.
Bilingualism Matters is a centre for research and information on language learning and bilingualism based at Edinburgh University. Links to a variety of resources including a newsletter, language and identity and relevance of language learning in today’s society.
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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.
start early and
stay active for life
Here is a link to downloadable resources Play At Home in English and Polish. These resources have been developed by the NHS to encourage early development through play at home.
The NHS website says:
play@home activity sheets
Here is a link to recommended Equality and Diversity Picture Books for use ion classrooms. There are also lesson plans available on the highland Literacy Blog.
Highland Council’s Equalities Improvement Group and LGBTI+ sub-group have published a series of lesson plans in December 2017 to support the development of Equality and Diversity across the curriculum. 18 picture books have been selected; for each picture book there have been lessons created for Early – Fourth Levels (Curriculum for Excellence) driven by the Literacy and English and Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes.
Click each of the book cover image below to download the lesson plan for each book.
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