EAL at Hollymount School
Hollymount School is a multicultural, multilingual school. We currently have 133 children who speak languages other than English at home. These children are called EAL children – English As An Addition Language – and Miss Whitworth works with them to help them succeed in our school.
There are 21 languages represented in school: Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Thai, Romanian, Italian, Indian, French, Nepali, Twi, Hindi, Greek, Urdu, Kurdish, Malayalam, Panjabi, Yoruba, Turkish & Japanese.
Support for EAL Children
Children who arrive with no English are usually conversational within a year although it can take 4 to 5 years to be truly fluent in a new language. During their first year at Hollymount, children have a special EAL lesson for an hour a day. In this lesson they are taught English vocabulary and speaking skills as well as how to read and write in English. The rest of the day is spent within their mainstream classes. During the second year children are supported by Miss Whitworth within their mainstream classes. Please click here to visit the EAL Class page.
EAL children are given translated vocabulary books to help them remember and use the new words they are learning. They also have an individual tablet to support their learning and can use it to used to translate any piece of work. Just click on the links below to download the vocabulary book or a presentation about EAL provision at our school.
Children who have been in England for a few years are often asked to help translate for newer children and parents. These ‘Young Translators’ are usually in Years 5 or 6 and wear badges to show which languages they can speak. We also have several bilingual staff at Hollymount who can help new families settle into school. We currently have staff who speak Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Punjabi and French.
“I help other children by translating for them.” IM Y5
“I am good at explaining things to my friends when they get stuck. I speak English and Portuguese.” SV Y6
Each year we have several trips which are only for EAL children. The trips aim to develop the children’s confidence in speaking English in new situations and to unfamiliar people. They are also a great opportunity for the children to socialise with other EAL children and learn more about English culture. Over the last two years we have been on trips to the Hive (library), Pizza Hut, our local high school Bishop Perowne and Pets At Home.
Here are photos of some of our EAL children over the last two years: