I have been thinking…yes I know, a dangerous idea! Why there are so many students within my current workplace that are classed as “English as a Additional Language”? I understand that since the borders open for Romania and Bulgaria to join the EU; the number of people arriving into the UK has not really changed that much. I read during my Teaching in Poland module that English is taught from a young age (around five years old). Is this the same with other countries within the EU? When it comes to European Politics, I don’t fully understand (to be honest, I don’t actually understand any politics?!). I have found that these children are intelligent beings and are treated differently because English is not their first language. As you all know, I am currently working with Deaf children and most teachers keep placing my self (and my student) upon a table full of EAL students. I am shocked of the amount of them. They do have intensive classes of English and some are improving – however; there are a few who are not.
I have found myself, helping the EAL students more than my own student – which currently the school do not pay me for. A few years ago, the school “removed” all the EAL Teaching Assistant (they were multilingual!) and since then, the number of EAL students has doubled.
Has anyone else noticed this?
If an ‘native’ English student; who is taught abroad; for example are they placed in a school where they are taught in a second language? An interesting thought right?