The number of children in UK schools who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) has doubled since 1997 to more than a million. There is no formal teaching specialism qualification in EAL, teacher training courses only briefly touch on the issue – and yet the EYFS requires practitioners to do all they can to provide for these children. This book offers guidance on how to welcome and provide for children and their families, whilst taking into consideration their unique identities and culture. Straight- forward activity ideas link to all areas of the curriculum and aim to support language acquisition. You will also find guidance on observation, assessment and planning that is specific to meeting the needs of EAL learners.
What we think…
Teaching EAL children is one of the most rewarding aspects to teaching, and see the progress made by these students is fantastic. Yet, when young children embark on their education, their opportunities to develop English may have been limited, and it is important to maintain and celebrate the culture that they come from.
As is typical with the excellent series of ‘100 ideas’ from Bloomsbury, this book offers practical and inspiring ideas to welcome and provide support for EAL children and their families, taking consideration their uniqueness, ensuring these are preserved and appreciated in the setting.
Marianne has provided teaching tips and opportunities to take ideas further within the 100 inspiring ideas contained throughout the book.
This certainly is a useful book to keep in any early years setting as a reference tool, or for any members of staff who work with EAL children and families.
About the author…
Marianne Sargent is a writer specialising in early years education. After teaching nursery and reception in maintained schools in both Jersey and England she undertook an MA in Early Years and went on to deliver teacher training at university level.
Marianne is specifically interested in developing critical thinking skills and fostering creativity in young children. As a foundation stage teacher she delighted in setting up provocations that appealed to children’s imaginations, creating a buzz of excitement and enthusiasm in the classroom.