Imagine sitting down to do some work and having the whole thing presented to you in Ancient Greek.
You must somehow translate the symbols on the paper in front of you in order to complete the task. Where would you begin? How would you feel? Bewilderment would quickly give way to frustration. And from there, things can spiral downwards.
It’s an extreme example, but for learners with English as an additional language (EAL), this can be a familiar experience. In our classrooms, we need to do everything we can to support them. Here’s how:
1. Language passports
The pupil collects words and ...
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