English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The EDAS service helps to narrow gaps and raise achievement for EAL learners.

Nearly 10 per cent of pupils in Oxfordshire schools are learning English as an additional language. Many appear fluent in English but may underachieve if their specific language development needs are not met.

EDAS can help you to ensure that all EAL pupils in your school reach their full potential.

We provide specialist EAL training and advice in the following areas:

  • Identifying and assessing the specific needs of EAL learners
  • Analysing the language demands of the curriculum and planning for EAL development
  • Teaching strategies and resources to ensure equality of access for EAL learners in the classroom
  • Production of materials which target the specific needs of EAL learners in order to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Developing academic language
  • Identifying EAL learners with SEN or those who are Gifted and Talented
  • Provision for EAL learners at different stages of learning English, including newly arrived pupils with little English.
  • Writing analysis and developing academic writing

New arrivals

Pupils in the early stages of learning English who face the additional challenge of adapting to an unfamiliar culture and school system.  Inclusive EAL teaching strategies and targeted support will enable pupils to access the curriculum at the same time as developing their understanding of English.

Advanced EAL Learners

Fluency in everyday English can mask the fact that pupils have gaps in their understanding of the cognitive and academic language necessary for educational success. Targeted teaching strategies will enable pupils to extend their English language competence to the higher levels of which they are capable. 

Further advice and resources