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;
There are different ways to value the home language and provide opportunities to welcome pupils from other nationalities in the school.
Focus initially on supporting pupils to listen, understand and speak. Some bilingual children often listen actively but they do not have the confidence to speak English in the early stages. Very often learning is taking place silently. This could sometimes take a long time and should not cause immediate concern. Listen to Pie Corbett!
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