It provides interesting ways for children to learn in classes, where many different languages are spoken, and where children are learning English while accessing the whole curriculum.
There are examples of EAL friendly group talk activities that will benefit all children, while at the same time provide scaffolding for learning English.
Collaborative activities are vital for children learning English, but at the same time other learners benefit in many ways. They are good for developing sustained shared thinking, and also help retention of information through pleasurable repetition. They provide opportunities for all the children in a class to work with every other child at some point during the week. Children new to English need exposure to visually stimulating collaborative talk activities in short sessions throughout their learning, if they are going to be able to draw on their prior knowledge and skills.