Best Practice

Supporting the teaching of EAL through play

Expert Sam Flatman offers us four ways to support the teaching of English as an additional language through play

As a learning resource, the benefits of play are often underrated, especially alongside more formal methods of teaching. But in many circumstances, play-based learning can actually prove to be most effective form of education.

This is certainly the case for EAL (English as an additional language) students who are struggling to get to grips with the English language.

Currently, UK schools tend to favour total immersion techniques for EAL learning, which excludes the use of any language other than English. While this places all children on the same equal footing, it can lead to non-native speakers feeling isolated from their peers because of their inability to socialise with them.

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