Forfar Academy is committed to promoting inclusion for pupils whose first language is not English. In school, the EAL Co-ordinator works closely with the Visiting EAL teacher to ensure appropriate assessment and provision for the pupils in mainstream education.
At present we have a number of pupils whose home language is Polish, Latvian, Russian and Urdu. Some of these pupils have come straight into secondary education from their home country with little practice of spoken English.
To help them settle into their new environment they have been making multilingual signs to display around the building. Parents and staff have been working with pupils to ensure the translations are accurate! Basic information and instructions such as “Walk around school in an orderly manner” or naming important rooms such as “Sick Bay” or the “Assembly Hall” are now displayed in six languages: English, Gaelic, Polish, Latvian, Russian, and Urdu each with the appropriate national flag beside it. The EAL pupils say “it helps us feel comfortable in our new school”, “it helps us learn new language” and “it makes us feel happy in school”. Faculties are now considering ways of using multilingual signs in their departments to help our EAL pupils learn basic information and follow classroom rules.
SQA ESOL qualifications are being delivered for the first time at Forfar Academy which teachers have commented is making a big difference to them accessing the mainstream curriculum. Pupils are learning phrases for Everyday Communication, Transactional Language and language for Work and Study.
A lunchtime club for EAL pupils and their friends as well as creating dual language letters to send home to parents about absence notes, homework and behaviour are all further examples of initiatives taking place in Forfar to make EAL pupils feel more at ease in their new school.
Nepalese dance performed in Bharatiya Ashram, Indian Cultural Centre, Dundee.
Inclusion involves removing barriers to participation and learning. We believe in equal opportunity for all children, respecting diversity in race, gender, disability, religion, culture and age.
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;
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With a high proportion of children learning English as an additional language, the schools can place high value on speaking and listening. It should include visual resources.
The children should have a chance to demonstrate what they can do in a variety of situations, in both structured and playful atmospheres.
The EAL team aims to encourage inclusive educational support for young people with EAL in primary and secondary schools through liaison with school staff.
Every young person with EAL should be supported to reach their potential in a friendly, caring environment, so that they can develop confidence, responsibility and independence in language through integration and inclusion in the mainstream.
We aim to foster good relationships within schools and encourage them to enable young people with EAL to play their part in the school community in order to be effective contributors to society.