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One significant change to the school population in recent years has been the increase in the number of children with English as an additional language (EAL). Over the last five years, the number of EAL children in UK schools has risen by 20%. The most common first languages spoken by EAL learners include Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Tamil.
Although this is a relatively new challenge for many schools, others have a long track record of working with EAL children, allowing them to develop tried and tested approaches. The main focus for an EAL teacher is to support children and young people to access the mainstream curriculum, and English language support is a contributing factor to this. Many teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL children in their classes, and adapt their teaching to make sure that all learners can get the most…
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