Continuing our series on supporting learners who have English as an additional language, Dr Ruth Wilson offers us some effective strategies for the secondary classroom

Any pupil that speaks a language in addition to English at home falls into the Department for Education (DfE) definition of having English as an additional language (EAL), making this is an extremely diverse group in almost every way, including encompassing the full range in terms of English language proficiency.

The Teachers’ Standards (2012) state that it is the responsibility of all teachers, whatever their subject, to “adapt their teaching to the strengths and needs of all pupils” including those with EAL. At the same time, research suggests that the majority feel unprepared by their initial teacher training to do this (Starbuck 2018; Foley et al, 2018).

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