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Factors Affecting Child Development - Eal?


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Does anyone know where I maybe able to find articles or anyone with theories on EAL and development?

Iam thinking I can overlap into theories of language development but was wondering if there was something more specif?

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Try kidsdevelopment.co.uk they have some things I think that might help. If not Google Stages of Language development and quite alot comes up. I'm doing some research in it at the moment

Good luck

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Try kidsdevelopment.co.uk they have some things I think that might help. If not Google Stages of Language development and quite alot comes up. I'm doing some research in it at the moment

Good luck

 

Thanks :-) I'm just starting out and am getting myself in a muddle over thinking and underplanning LOL

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What an interesting piece of research. I think a key issue is distinguishing the difference between a child with EAL and a child with EAL and SEN as in itself not speaking English as the first language does not a mean the child has a special needs, although s/he may need extra support in an all English speaking environment. The EAL child’s language development in their mother tongue is as likely to be as normal as any other child’s, so the child’s abilities should not be underestimated. In addition an EAL child may find the cultural differences between home and school very difficult to understand and cope with initially, which may lead to emotional and behaviour problems until they come to terms with the nursery/school environment. Selective mutism is one problem I have come across on two occasions in Foundation Stage children. (both are doing well now) It may be that the classroom environment needs to have culturally appropriate resources and work differentiated at the level of the child’s understanding of English. Within some cultures children are not expected to be as independent in their learning, especially when they are very young, so there will be mixed messages form home and school.

 

You may find a lot of information to help you on these sites

 

http://nassea.org.uk/

 

http://www.school-portal.co.uk/GroupHomepa...?GroupID=968345

 

http://www.emasuk.com/

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