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: email@example.com 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