10 Classroom Strategies to enable EAL students to make progress

1. Vocabulary Ensure you have key words visible/encourage students to
match definitions/use word mats/ use wordle /use translation
tools e.g. simple Wikipedia/ pre-teach words and reinforce
and repeat in schemes of work.
2. VAK Ensure you have a variety of learning styles/use
pictures/videos/photographs/audio clips/kinaesthetic activities
to promote social interaction.
3. Context Ensure you have clear context for learning through
explanation/visual aids/video clips.
4. Frames Use writing frames/provide sentence starts/give oral prompts
to encourage feedback and discussion/use cloze passages.
5. Questioning Use differentiated questioning to ascertain understanding/be
clear with questions for EAL learners and use appropriate
vocabulary/use open questions to encourage independent
thinking/use blooms taxonomy (key words pre-taught).
6. Seating Plan Ensure you know your learners and seat them in order to
secure the most progress. EAL students are rarely SEN.
Ensure they are seated with students of the same ability and
who can help extend their oral capabilities.
7. Model Model the expected outcomes at the start of the lesson when
possible – with an end product they are clear about
expectations and can aspire to achieve. Then provide the
tools and differentiation to enable them to achieve the
outcome.
8. First Language Especially for beginner EAL students and depending on the
lesson, encourage students to annotate and write in their own
language to translate later.
9. Environment Ensure classrooms/displays are literacy rich and have key
words/visual aids.
10. High
Expectations
Ensure students EAL students are challenged and stretched.
New to English students should not be in low ability groups
(unless identified with a learning need). Provide work that
challenges but also the tools to enable them to access such
as key words/frames/word mats etc.

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