English as an Additional Language: is there a need to embed cultural values and beliefs in institutional practice?
Source: Education 3-13, Volume 39, Number 2, April 2011 , pp. 203-215(13)
Abstract:The number of pupils who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) in English schools is increasing, with an influx of migrants from Europe. This paper investigates how schools are addressing the needs of these children. Using survey and interviews with teachers and paraprofessionals the identification of personal assumptions and challenges of EAL provision are explored. Early indications suggest huge differential practice for EAL provision, support and training. Many staff suggested that they are culturally unaware and have little experience of supporting EAL children. Furthermore, the key challenge for leaders is how best to cater for all EAL children using a diverse workforce creatively and within tight financial constraints and competing school priorities.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-04-01