Bilingualism does not necessarily mean that a child is fluent in in at least two languages, a misconception I held. It is in fact more likely that they have varying levels of fluency in their languages. Children who are new to speaking English are not lacking in language all together, they are highly proficient in their home language. The term bilingual is intended to focus on the potential of the child rather that the negative connotations of terms such as ‘non-English speakers’ or ‘English as a second language’.
One thing that I wasn’t aware of was the vulnerability of EAL children to discrimination…
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