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Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Year

Hundreds of ideas for supporting children with English as an additional language

This book features a strong focus on the characteristics of effective early years pedagogy and practice in the way educators support children's learning and development of English proficiency through observation, assessment and planning, and the learning environment. All chapters contain key messages and some provide self-evaluation activities to support educators to reflect on their practice.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 112 | Code: TS0291 | ISBN: 9781925145168

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Anita Soni

Dr Anita Soni is interested in working with children and their families in their early years of life, between birth and 7 years. She is enthusiastic about developing the skills of the Children’s Workforce, especially those working in Children’s Centres, and early childhood/years provision in the maintained, voluntary and independent sectors. This includes teachers, managers, teaching assistants, Family Support Workers, early years practitioners and childminders.

Liz Rouse

Liz Rouse is a lecturer in early childhood education at Deakin University.


1 What are bilingualism, EAL and multilingualism?8
2 What to do first when working with a child learning EAL18
3 EAL and the EYLF29
4 Supporting children in their learning and development35
5 Supporting children’s learning in literacy and numeracy46
6 How to observe, assess and plan for children learning EAL56
7 Using the characteristics of effective learning for supporting EAL children67
8 Respectful and reciprocal relationships to support EAL children72
9 Creating effective environments for supporting children learning EAL82
10 Identifying and supporting EAL learners with additional learning and development needs88
11 Challenges and dilemmas96
12 Reflecting on practice104