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English as an Additional Language in the Early Years
Linking theory to practice

ISBN 9780415821711
Published March 19, 2015 by Routledge
160 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the English as Additional Language (EAL) population growing rapidly, it is essential that settings and schools meet individual learner needs and provide an inclusive culture where different languages, cultures and religions are accepted and celebrated. Packed with essential information on key theories and best practice, and written in a highly readable style this book aims to raise awareness of main issues and offer practical support for practitioners working with children with EAL.

Covering a wide range of topic such as new arrivals, working with parents, assessment, planning, resourcing, play, communication and language, each chapter clearly lays out the key concepts, ideas and strategies alongside examples of good practice. Encouraging a reflective approach, the book features:

  • Checklists, diagrams, chapter objectives and summaries and suggestions for further reading
  • Case studies to illustrate practice
  • Reflective activities to develop critical thinking

Challenging many assumptions and stereotypes about EAL learners, this invaluable text will support students and practitioners in meeting the individual needs of all the children in their care.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the scene  1. Meeting the needs of new EAL arrivals in Early Years  2. Working in partnership with parents of learners with EAL in Early Years  3. Communication and Language for learners with EAL in Early Years  4. Assessment for learners with EAL in Early Years  5. Planning for learners with EAL in Early Years  6. The pedagogy of play for learners with EAL  7. Using resources for learners with EAL  8. How leaders/managers promote excellent learning environments for learners with EAL

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Malini Mistry is Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education at the University of Bedfordshire with research interests in Early Years and learners who have English as an Additional Language. 

Krishan Sood is Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University with research interests in Leadership for Diversity and English as an Additional Language.