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Hi

I have 1 Polish child in my class, i am finding it difficult to get him involved in everyday lessons. Because of other children that need extra support in the class there are not enough adults to work with him 1 to 1. He seems to just copy what others are doing in some cases and in others he justs sits there. I have learned a few polish words which helps me communicate with him a bit and he is beginning to understand the routine.

 

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas that may help get him more involved without making him feel left out.

Also are there any good websites that do polish-English resources that i could make to help him with his Polish - English.

 

Thanks.

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I come from Kent, and my county gave us a great booklet for EAL children, typically I can't put my fingers on it at the moment but I will track it down tomorrow and see if there is anything in there which may be of use, or if it is widely available for you to order

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hi Plutoclass and welcome as I dont think Ive seen you elsewhere before.

 

Are you in Reception?

Unless your little boy is particularly distressed, I wouldnt worry overmuch at the moment. The immersion within the English classroom will help him and he will quickly begin to converse and interact.

Encourage and support him as much as you can and use visual clues to help him make associations. Use simple picture books to help him learn to name objects and remember that despite his age his English is at an early baby level. If you know any makaton or anything similar that will also help.

If his language skills in his mother tongue are delayed in any way then you will probably need to seek additional help.

 

Children are often less worried about this than we are and they will join when they are confident to do so whether that be verbally or otherwise.

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thanks for those links Suziec8, Ill take a proper look at those later on.

 

Hi Plutoclass, welcome to the forum. I would agree with Susan, I wouldn't worry about the child copying others, that's how we learn, and quiet periods where children are listening to the speech patterns in a language they don't understand is quite typical. Visual cues are very supportive if you have any, for example a visual timetable/routine outline; and use of signs, makaton and gestures all support visually what he cant yet follow aurally.

If he is starting to make friends with anyone, have you thought about a buddy, another child in the class who can show him where to go, where to put things, you will often find that children will soon pick up one or two words this way from their buddy/friend.

 

If you are able to, it might be worth speaking to a parent to see what his spoken Polish is like. If he is articulate in his home language, he will pick up English fairly quickly. It may also help to ask a parent for some key words or phrases spoken and written that will help.

 

There is also this excellent site for getting simple phrases in different languages.

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Hi Plutoclass, have now found the booklet which KCC gave us via our Specialist Teaching Service to get copies of it we are advised to contact our Early Years SENCo. It's called Supporting Children and Families with EAL in the Early Years.

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Hi Plutoclass, have now found the booklet which KCC gave us via our Specialist Teaching Service to get copies of it we are advised to contact our Early Years SENCo. It's called Supporting Children and Families with EAL in the Early Years.

 

is this the one?

http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/84861

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Hi and welcome

try using visual pictures and a visual timeline for the routine of the day

if he speaks his own language well then it will not take long for him to pick up english

 

just use one word at a time to him and do the usual get down on his level when you call his name perhaps touch his shoulder make sure he is looking at you when you ask him something

use the visual time table when asking him to do something ie luch time, play time, etc

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