English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Who are our EAL Pupils?

Pupils who regularly use at least one other language in addition to English.

What Languages do our EAL Pupils Speak?

Pupils in Shawlands Academy speak over 40 different languages. Here are some of the most spoken languages at our school:


Albanian                         Arabic                           Bengali                          Cantonese

Dari                                  Dutch                            English                          Farsi

French                            Greek                           Hindi                             Italian

Kurdish                         Latvian                          Lithuanian                      Mirpuri

Pashto                          Polish                            Portuguese                     Punjabi

Romanian                   Russian                          Shona                            Slovak

Somali                          Swahili                           Swedish                         Tamil

Turkish                         Urdu

What is EAL Support?

  • We wish to support all our bilingual pupils’ languages including the use of English in their school subjects.
  • There are 6 EAL staff at Shawlands Academy and our job is to assess the progress of all our bilingual pupils on arrival at our school (whether via primary transition support, or mid-term enrolment) so we can provide extra teaching support where it is needed.
  • Each EAL teacher has their own caseload of pupils from S1 – S6 so your child has a named support teacher to review their progress and support them with their learning.
  • This support could include: helping pupils to develop understanding and knowledge of topics being taught in class, plan their writing, improve their written work, develop reading skills and encouraging them to take part in class discussions.
  • Although almost all of this work takes place using English, research has shown that it is important for the pupils to continue with fluency in all their languages and we encourage the continued use of pupils’ mother tongues. Evidence has shown that when pupils are more capable in their mother tongue, they also correspondingly become more capable at picking up the English language.
  • EAL teachers also work with EAL pupils sitting SQA qualifications who may qualify for Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAAs) in the form of the use of a bilingual dictionary and associated Extra Time. If pupils need further AAAs, this can be arranged by the Support for Learning team. For more information can be found here: SQA AAA Information for EAL Pupils.

Why is EAL Support Provided?

The Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Shawlands Academy are committed to meeting the needs of all children in educational establishments so that bilingual pupils, like all other pupils, can fully develop their abilities (ASL/EAL Scotland Act 2004). English is just one of the languages which our bilingual pupils use but it is the language of teaching and learning in schools.   All bilingual pupils have the right to receive support as a positive action measure.

Some bilingual pupils may need support from first year; others may find that they need more support when they get into fifth or sixth years. EAL teachers are in school to respond to the differing needs of all our bilingual pupils.

How is EAL Support organised at Shawlands Academy?

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers are part of the wider Pupil Support Team which also includes the Support for Learning teachers and Workers.

  • Most of the EAL support takes place in the classroom where we work alongside the class teacher to support learning in the mainstream environment. We work with pupils from first to sixth years in a variety of subjects.
  • In the classroom we are able to check on the progress of all bilingual pupils and to provide support where it is needed.
  • We consult with class teachers on the numbers of bilingual pupils in their class and their individual needs.
  • We also look at the content of the subjects being taught and the organisation of the class to evaluate where there may be language difficulties for the pupils.
  • We can develop and differentiate materials in order to give access to all EAL learners to the mainstream curriculum (keeping in line with the mainstream teaching and outcomes).

National Qualifications in ESOL  

Our staff also teach ESOL (‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’) at National 2, National 3, National 4, National 5 and Higher level. ESOL courses are for learners whose first language is not English. Learners develop their Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills in the English language. Scotland’s National Qualifications in ESOL correspond with levels A1 to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

SQA ESOL Course Information

How can you contact a member of the EAL teaching team? 

EAL teachers attend all the parent/carer evenings during the year. We also host an annual parent/carer afternoon with simultaneous translation to support parents with S2 and Senior option choices.

You can also contact the school to arrange an appointment at any other  either through your child’s Pastoral Care teacher, Head of Year or the Principal Teacher of Inclusion. If you would like an interpreter, please let the school know at the time you are arranging the appointment.

Shawlands Academy phone number is: 0141 582 0210


Link Depute Head Teacher: Carol Cutler   

Principal Teacher of Support for Learning (SfL)and English as an Additional Language (EAL): Victoria Blair Gardner     

The EAL teachers:

Mrs Myachykova 

Mrs Smith

Mrs Datta 

Miss Mullin 

Miss Boyle      

Mrs McFadden 



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