EAL – How do we support EAL children?

A supportive learning environment Successful schools will provide a supportive learning environment based on the following features:

  • Structured lessons that draw pupils in from the start of the lesson
  • Active and engaging tasks which encourage all pupils to participate
  • Teaching and learning strategies that are oral and interactive
  • An emphasis on short-term planning, which includes planning for input and support from other adults in the classroom, to ensure the learning opportunities are maximised
  • Subject-specific language skills and conventions of particular forms of writing, which are made explicit and demonstrated by the teacher
  • Planned opportunities for oral rehearsal in pairs and in small groups
  • A requirement that pupils apply learning, supported by group work, before moving to independent activity