Many schools will have advanced bilingual learners who have either been speaking English all their lives alongside their home language or who have been in an English-speaking education system for a number of years.
Children and young people are quick to pick up everyday language often referred to as basic interpersonal communicative skills (BICS), this means that they have developed conversational fluency and will be able to chat to other pupils and teachers in social situations and generally get by in class.
However in order for these pupils to catch up with their peers in more academic aspects of school language they will need a direct, structured and scaffolded approach in order to build on their language of learning and develop cognitive and academic language proficiency (CALP) which is the key to cognitive development and realising educational potential.
The Equality Diversity Inclusion Team’s Advisory Teachers provide support to schools to ensure best outcomes for advanced bilingual learners, developing pupils' speaking and listening, reading, and writing skills across different genres and across all subject areas.
This can include:
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