The term ‘EAL’ is used to describe a diverse group of learners for whom English is an Additional Language. What they have in common is that they use one or more language other than English at home or in their community.
EAL learners may be at any stage of developing English language proficiency, from new to English, to completely fluent. They may have been born in the UK and been through the education system here, or be recent arrivals.
At Chalk Ridge, we celebrate the diverse range of cultures, languages and religions represented by our pupils, their families and the world in which we live. We are aware that having to learn a new language can be daunting for children and their families. We provide a range of support to children and families with EAL to reduce the challenge that these children face.
Teachers support children with understanding of English in a range of different ways.
At Chalk Ridge we also run The Young Interpreter Scheme. We have a group of dedicated children who have been trained to support New Arrivals to access English and feel part of the school. This could be within the lessons or outside on the playground.
In order to support children and families who have EAL we collaborate with the Ethic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS). This can take a number of different forms, for example a bi-lingual assessment of children in their home language. EMTAS also offer training to staff to develop their understanding of EAL leaners. In addition to this EMTAS can provide support to parents through a variety of language specific phone lines. (Link available below):
If you would like any more information on how to support your child at home, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Ms Relf - EAL coordinator.
To have English as an additional language means that the language you speak or hear at home is not English. Speaking more than one language is often an advantage to a child and is to be celebrated. During the academic year 2017-2018 at Chalk Ridge Primary, children speak the following languages at home; Arabic, Polish, German, Tamil, Swahili, Kiswahili, Urdu, Romanian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Luganda and Nepali.
If your child is EAL and an advanced learner, it means that although English is a second language they speak and write competently in English. It is important that the school knows if a child has EAL as it can affect grammar and some receptive language (understanding of technical terms) and knowledge a child has EAL means the teacher and EAL coordinator can put supportive provision in place. Many children with EAL are among the higher achieving children academically in school.
A new arrival is a child who is newly arrived in Britain who does not speak English. In this instance the school will instantly contact EMTAS- the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service. This service is invaluable in its help in explaining how the school works and explaining confusing aspects of the school the child is experiencing. At Chalk Ridge, we have a group of pupils that are trained as ‘Young Interpreters’. These children welcome New Arrivals and meet with them regularly to make sure that they are settling in well at school.
It is expected that new arrivals may be mute in class for up to 6 months as they take in and learn the language. English is often first used in social situations in the playground before the child is confident enough to use English within the classroom setting.
EAL and SEND (special educational needs and disabilities)
EMTAS are also helpful in helping to ascertain whether a child with EAL has a special educational need, or whether the language barrier is holding their progress back.
All our assistants speak good English so if you can use even a little English you can call at any of the times listed below.
If you need an interpreter for any other language just ring EMTAS: 01256 330195 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and the language you speak and we will do our best to help you.
EMTAS telephone advice service for schools and parents/carers to answer questions relating to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and to discuss any concerns. To speak with one of our dedicated Traveller team:
Phone 01256 330195