English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Many children in across BEYA will have a home language other than English.
We value this linguistic diversity and provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in their play and learning. These children will be at many stages of learning English as an additional language.
· Some children are bilingual from birth, because their families have talked to them in more than one language.
· Some children will be acquiring English as an additional language. As with their first language, this needs to be learnt in a context, through practical meaningful experiences and interaction with others. These children may spend a long time listening before they speak English, and will often be able to understand much of what they hear, particularly where communication
through gesture, sign, facial expression and using visual support is encouraged.
Learning opportunities will be planned to help children to develop their English, and support is provided to help them to take part in all activities, for example
· Building on children’s experiences of language at home and in the wider community by
providing a range of opportunities to use their home language(s), so that their developing use of English and other languages support one another;
· Providing a range of opportunities for children to engage in speaking and listening activities in English with peers and adults;
· Ensuring that all children have opportunities to recognise and show respect for each child’s home language:
· Providing a variety of writing in the children’s home languages as well as English, including books, notices and labels;
· Providing opportunities for children to hear their home languages as well as English, for example through use of audio and video materials.