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During the year, I will be posting photos of student work and activities in the classroom, suggestions for supporting your child’s language acquisition and general information about EAL.
My name is Mr. David and I am the EAL teacher for Grade 3.
So far this year I have been getting to know all of the students in Grade 3 and I have also started taking the Beginner groups for their pull-out English lessons.
If you are new to UNIS here is a short summary about the EAL programme.
There are three levels of EAL: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each student is in the best level to suit his or her language learning needs.
I will be working mainly with the Beginner and Intermediate students, both in the EAL classroom and in each of the homerooms (this is called ‘in-class support’ or sometimes ‘push-in’). All Beginner EAL students will spend time with me each week working on language structures and vocabulary in pull-out classes to help them gain confidence and improve their ability in all the main skill areas of reading, speaking, listening and writing. EAL Intermediate and Advanced students will be working with their respective homeroom teachers but I will work with them when homeroom teachers and I co-teach lessons.
Next week we will be starting the DRA reading assessments. Once we have these completed we will be grouping students according to ability and then starting on our guided reading programme. In the Beginner EAL class we will be working on basic sentence structures, vocabulary and building confidence with oral expression.
I look forward to working together with you, your children, and the UNIS teachers to help EAL students gain access to the curriculum to the best of their ability while improving their command of English. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss anything about your child’s learning of English. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org