Glasgow City Council Welcome to Shawlands Academy

EAL

EAL

English as an Additional Language

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WHO ARE OUR BILINGUAL PUPILS?

Pupils who regularly use at least one other language in addition to English.

 

 WHAT LANGUAGES DO OUR BILINGUAL PUPILS SPEAK?

 Pupils in Shawlands Academy speak over 40 different languages. 

 

These include

Albanian                Arabic                  Bengali                   Bosnian

Cantonese           Dari                       English                  Greek

Hakka                    Hindi                     Italian                     Kurdish

Latvian                   Lingala                  Mirpuri                 Ndebele

Panjabi                   Pashto             Portuguese             Russian       

Shona                     Somali                    Swahili                   Swedish

Tamil                     Turkish                  Urdu                     Zulu

 

The majority of our bilingual pupils speak Urdu and/or Panjabi. We also have significant numbers of Cantonese, Farsi and Arabic speakers.

 

WHAT IS LANGUAGE SUPPORT?

 

We wish to support all our bilingual pupils’ languages including the use of English in their school subjects. There are 6 Language Support posts in the school and our job is to assess the progress of all our bilingual pupils and provide extra teaching support where it is needed.   This support could include helping pupils to plan their writing, improve their written work, develop reading skills and encouraging them to take part in class discussions.

 

Although almost all of this work takes place using English, we believe it is important for the pupils to be fluent in all their languages and we encourage the continued use of pupils’ mother tongues.

  

WHY IS LANGUAGE SUPPORT PROVIDED?

 

Glasgow City Council provide the money to pay for Language Support teachers so that bilingual pupils, like all other pupils, can fully develop their abilities. English is just one of the languages which our bilingual pupils use but it is the language of teaching and learning in schools.   All bilingual pupils have the right to receive support as a positive action measure.

 

Some bilingual pupils may need support from first year; others may find that they need more support when they get into fifth or sixth years. Language Support teachers are in school to respond to the differing needs of all our bilingual pupils.

 

HOW IS THE SUPPORT ORGANISED IN THE SCHOOL?

 

Most of this support takes place in the classroom where we work as an additional teacher. We work with pupils from first to sixth years in a variety of subjects. 

 

In the classroom we are able to check on the progress of all bilingual pupils and to provide support where it is needed. Clearly, we cannot work in every class and so we consult with class teachers on the numbers of bilingual pupils in their class and their individual needs. We also look at the content of the subject and the organisation of the class to evaluate where there may be language difficulties for the pupils.

 

HOW CAN YOU CONTACT THE LANGUAGE SUPPORT TEACHERS?  

 

Language Support teachers attend the school’s parents’ evenings during the year. You can write to or telephone the school to arrange an appointment at any other time. If you would like an interpreter, please let the school know at the time you are arranging the appointment.

The Language Support teachers are :

Ms A Miller

 

Ms A Gillies

 

Mrs S Datta

Mrs C Smith

Mrs A Hempler

 

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