Explore EAL learning methods and strategies to promote independent learners. Help them to achieve their full potential, be happy and motivated, be proud of their identity and language skills.
Display the vocabulary on the wall to show that all languages are equally important and valid for ‘real learning’. Include multilingual captions on your science, maths and other curricula. Celebrate the diversity of languages spoken in the class.
Learning pupils’ language extends their knowledge and excites the children.
- The whole class learns a new language;
- Invite a child’s parent to read in the home language and teach others;
- Observe the similarities of some words in two languages;
- Create a quiz using words from children’s languages;
Provide opportunities for bilingualism. Children should be encouraged to use their first languages:
Share games from other cultures;
Vocabulary labels in the child’s language;
Pair talking in the first language;
Writing in the home language and in English;
Use dual language dictionaries;
Brainstorm ideas and concepts in first language groups and in English;
Promote dual language reading;
Listen to audio texts in dual languages;
Valuing home language not only increases self-esteem of the child with English as an Additional Language, but also promotes modern language learning experience in the setting for the other children. Everyone benefits from both languages.
There are different ways to value the home language and provide opportunities to welcome pupils from other nationalities in the school.