According to official data (DfE, 2021), 19.3% of all learners in England use English as an additional language (EAL).
In some cases, these learners may be exposed to more than one first, home or community language – for example, if one of the child’s parents speaks Dari and the other Pashto – which means that these learners may be plurilingual and may have a rich linguistic repertoire at their disposal by the time they start school.
To use or not to use the languages that pupils know…
Many practitioners wonder whether they should encourage their plurilingual pupils to draw on the languages they know as they learn in and out of school.
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