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English as an additional Language

A learner of English as an Additional Language (EAL) refers to a pupil whose first language is not English. First language is the language to which the child was initially exposed during early development. They often continue to use this language in their home and community, although they may also be fluent in English too.

Children of Springfield Junior School

Here at Springfield Juniors we are a very inclusive school, embracing a range of backgrounds, cultures and languages. Lots of the children at Springfield speak many different languages and might not speak English as their first language at home. 

Our trained staff are skilled at working with EAL children to ensure language does not act as a barrier to learning and we have a clear intervention programme, as well as an EAL lead, Mrs J Seale, to ensure children get all the support they need.


Useful Resources 

There are some free useful resources and great websites which might help you practice your English at home. These websites include videos, games, stories and activities for you to complete. We would recommend you start with Duolingo. (Children can also use these websites to support their learning of French, as this is our modern foreign language taught throughout key stage 2).