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I have a EAL child who speaks and understands English well but I find they constantly repeat themselves eg when asking a question or commenting on an activity they will say "I want the blue car" x 12 or "he's driving the car" x 12....even though I will respond "yes" "ok" or extend what is said "yes he's driving the car on the road"...so its not like the child is waiting for a response / acknowledgment...even if I acknowledge in several different ways / using different phrases the child will keep going until I suggest something else or something else takes their attention

Does anyone have any experience of this? Any suggestions to deal with it?

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This is common as their speaking may not be on the same level as understanding , I want the blue - you want the blue ? - yes please - it may take longer to register language , translate also insecurities can add and therefore repeating phrase ,

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3. Repetition and language play, use of formulae, routines and single words

 

Children begin to use single words or formulaic phrases and repetition during the early stages of learning English. They use formulae and chunks of language as ready made phrases in routine situations. This enables the learners to interact with others. These chunks of language may include memorised sequences in singing rhymes and stories, routine language used at specific times in the setting, for example ‘happy birthday’, answering the register, asking to go to the toilet.

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