Supporting EAL pupils in the classroom

This challenge is growing!

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Classroom teachers face the growing challenge of catering for the needs of an ever more diverse school community. Lizzie Gait, training development lead at Optimus Education, offers tips for teaching pupils with English as an additional language.

It was estimated that in 2014 1.1 million pupils between the ages of 5 and 16 in British schools were classed as having EAL. Yet, there is no specific programme of study produced by the government to outline how this growing group of pupils should be taught.

Widespread research suggests that EAL pupils’ needs are best met in mainstream classrooms where they have the opportunity to access a wide range of curriculum areas taught by genuine curriculum experts.

In order to ensure that they have access to a high-quality education, teachers should be equipped with a bank of teaching techniques and practical resources.

One successful method is to use cooperative learning strategies – teaching…

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