Home Learning and Support for Parents and Children with English as an Additional Language 5 Stars
15 February 2021Add to My Folder
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The impact of this pandemic has been felt by all children, but children who are new to English or are new to the UK will have felt an impact differently. Help support parents and children with EAL with these simple tips and activities.
All practitioners and school staff are working extremely hard to meet the needs of every pupil, to give the best possible provision and opportunities for home learning. It is now, more than ever, that schools have needed collaborative support from the child’s key adults at home to ensure successful learning outcomes.Many parents have felt anxious about home learning for various reasons. For some parents of children with EAL, additional worries about home learning may be due to:
- Unfamiliarity with expectations in the UK school system
- Difficulty in understanding and supporting their child with the tasks set due to limited English skills
The Bell Foundation website has produced a simple breakdown that explains the UK school system in 18 different languages, which will be very useful for parents newly arrived in the UK.
Home Learning Using Home Languages
Another worry of parents may be that their child will lose the early English skills that they have already acquired. They may also feel that their children are missing out on important speaking opportunities to develop their English. Make parents aware of the importance of using their home language and the benefits that this has to build the foundations for their child’s language. Research has shown that children learning English as a second language learn faster and more effectively when they have developed skills in their home language.
Talk Time Together
Promote the importance of parents having conversations with their children. This has always been important, but now, when social interactions are limited, it is vital. Not making time for conversations in a child’s strongest language will hinder the child’s progress in learning a second language like English. Encourage parents to help develop their child’s language by encouraging them to give answers to questions as simple sentences rather than one-word answers. Encourage them to practise their skills of a two-way conversation.
Listening Not Lost
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