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My Specialist Experience Teaching Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL)

I have worked with children who speak English as a first, second or even third language. I have had children arrive at the classroom door with no English, looking very anxious only to leave feeling confident that they are already improving and having a ‘can-do’ attitude. I have also tutored children with EAL on a 1:1 basis to help improve their spoken and written English and to support their ability to access the rest of the curriculum with this in mind. The main purpose is to support the child so that they feel confident to enjoy life with EAL, socialise, and fully achieve their academic and social development. Techniques used vary depending on the knowledge and experience the child has with the language but, in general, I ensure the basic skills are learnt first, that the solid foundation of grammar and pronunciation are introduced in a fun and interactive way and that vocabulary is shared in a sequential order with priorities agreed with the child, parents, school and any specialists involved.

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