Language Development 

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) The main area of responsibility of the Language Development Department is to plan, lead and monitor interventions in and out of the classroom for students with EAL needs. In partnership with EMTAS, the local authority support service for language development, our specialist EAL Coordinator assesses a student's English proficiency and individual abilities. She then advises subject teachers, creates and supplies resources and puts in place specialist interventions as identified.

We aim to support students newly arrived in the UK to develop the acquisition of the English language and access subjects/lessons as quickly as possible. We recognise that many other students may require specialist EAL interventions, even when they appear fluent in English. We work closely with the English department to identify these students and the most appropriate intervention, and to help our multilingual students overcome any language barriers they may experience to achieve the highest levels they can across the curriculum.

All teaching assistants are trained to support EAL students in the classroom across all subjects. Recognising the important role parents/carers play we make sure we liaise closely with them and keep them updated at every stage of our work.

Barbara Majelli  Language Development Coordinator  

Dr B Majelli

Language Development Coordinator





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