People who speak more than one language are described as bilingual. We acknowledge that English is their second or additional language. However the term bilingual does not imply an equal proficiency in two or more languages.
We acknowledge that being bilingual is an advantage. Knowledge of concepts in L1 (native language) can be transferred to L2 (second language).
The acquisition of English as an additional language is best achieved through the normal activities of the classroom with support and differentiated tasks.
Supporting bilingual learners is the responsibility of all staff as part of an inclusive practice. The EAL Team can be contacted for support and advice.