English as an Additional Language

About one in ten pupils in England are learning English as an additional language. They may be immigrants, refugees or the children of overseas students or professionals working in this country. I have been in primary schools where there are over 26 different first languages spoken and I have heard of schools with even more!

The Internet has advice and a wide range of materials that are suitable for use in helping pupils whose first language is not English. There are also some good software packages around. There are links to some useful sites on my web site. If you have any other useful links or ideas do please email them to me.

Professor Sugata Mitri has been doing research in child-driven education and this film clip includes a short section on how he set a challenge to pupils to improve their English and their pronunciation and how they achieved this themselves using the Internet and their own motivation. Inspirational stuff!

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