English is not the (main) L1 of all the children in the classrooms. Learners with different levels of English as a second or additional language require specific support.
Over the past few decades there have been several legislative and policy developments aimed at implementing provision and support for EAL learners in education; despite this, research shows that successful mainstreaming of EAL pupils has not yet been achieved.
Teachers are developing new strategies to meet the language and literacy needs of EAL learners. New resources have been developed to support teachers and student teachers meet the needs of all learners in multilingual classrooms.
Pedagogies and Strategies
For an increasing number of students in the classroom English is not their (main) L1. This linguistic diversity brings opportunities and challenges to the classroom.