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Teaching Bilingual and EAL Learners in Primary Schools



July 2012 | 128 pages | Learning Matters
Shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2013!

As the number of children learning EAL in primary schools increase, trainee teachers need to develop the professional skills and expertise to teach them. This text reconsiders which children should come under the umbrella of EAL and provides practical strategies for teaching them in an inclusive classroom. It asks 'what do we mean by EAL?' and covers essential theories of learning and approaches to teaching. Chapter topics include; speaking and listening; and reading and writing, and activities and case studies to link theory to practice are provided throughout.

About the Transforming Primary QTS Series

This series reflects the new, creative way schools are begining to teach, taking a fresh approach to supporting trainees as they work towards primary QTS. Titles provide fully up to date resources focused on teaching a more integrated and inclusive curriculum, and texts draw out meaningful and explicit cross curricular links.

 
INTRODUCTION
 
PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING EAL LEARNERS - THEORIES OF LEARNING AND LANGUAGE
 
Introduction to Bilingual and EAL Learners
 
All about Language
 
What Does It Mean to Be Bilingual? Principles for Planning for Bilingual Learners
 
PART TWO: PROMOTING LEARNING - PRACTICAL APPROACHES FOR BILINGUAL AND EAL LEARNERS
 
Planning across the Curriculum for Bilingual and EAL Learners
 
Strategies and Resources for Learning Across the Curriculum
 
Assessing Bilingual and EAL Learners across the Curriculum
 
Conclusions
 
Appendix 1: Model Answers to the Self-assessment Questions
 
Appendix 2: Glossary
 
Appendix 3: Principles for Planning for Bilingual Learners
 
Index

'As someone new to teaching and anxious to gain the means to help all children, I found Conteh's book gave me the backstory and tools to look forward with confidence to teaching EAL learners. The book is snappy, concise and easy to read; all rather important when on an intense time-limited course. I would recommend this to other PGCE students'
-Richard Newbury

PGCE Student, Leeds University


Excellent book, very well written.

Ms Argyro Kanaki
Department of Education, Dundee University
May 11, 2015

Essential resource for trainee teachers preparing for the teaching of EAL pupils.

Mr Gwyn Ellis
School of Education, Bangor University
April 30, 2015

This book is a valuable resource for our students. It is well written and clear in its intentions. It is the first book many of our students turn to.

Ms Ann Geeves
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
February 26, 2015

A thorough overview of the key issues. Supporting children with EAL is becoming everyday practice that everyone working with children should know how to do. This book should help and I particularly think chapter 5 will be useful for teacher trainees.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
May 27, 2014

A very useful, practical book for any teacher/trainee working with EAL pupils.
I have advised any of my trainees who have shown an interest in EAL to have a look at this book.

Ms Joanne Courtney
Teaching , Health and Care, Bradford College
May 6, 2014

A very useful introduction to EAL for undergraduate students, which introduces the key concepts and approaches to EAL in a very accessible way.

Ms Libby Lee
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
March 19, 2014

This title will provide excellent support for students during both English curriculum and Education Studies modules when content covers second language acquisition. The content is very accessible for undergraduates and provides a good balance of theory, practice and opportunities for personal reflection.

Mrs Hilary Westlake
School of Education, Brighton University
September 4, 2013

This is an extremely accessible text with excellent reflective tasks and plenty of up to date information. A core text.

Mrs Christina Skarbek
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
August 29, 2013

This is a useful book for teachers and trainee teachers. It is simple to understand and provides a guide to the essential needs of EAL learners.

Ms Maggie Webster
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
August 15, 2013

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Jean Conteh

Dr. Jean Conteh is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, where she teaches on the PGCE Primary course and on MA courses. She has worked in many countries and is a very experienced teacher educator. She has published widely in the field of EAL in primary education, both for teachers and for academic audiences. Her research focuses on ways to promote success for those pupils who are often labelled ‘disadvantaged’ in our education system, and covers the role of language in teaching and learning in primary classrooms and the expertise and professional roles of bilingual teachers. More About Author

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