EAL support for disciplinary writing

I’ve been writing a bit about disciplinary literacy this week. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s *basically* how people communicate, share knowledge, etc within a particular discipline. For the purposes of teaching EAL, think about how we teach learners to read/write/think like a scientist/mathematician/literary analyst/etc.

Disciplinary writing can be a real challenge for Secondary EAL learners to grasp. Firstly, there are some challenges regarding foundational knowledge of writing principles. Like what? Well…

In my experience of supporting in KS2 and KS3, teachers cover certain aspects of literacy that provide a foundation for writing within a discipline. These would include: the general idea/concept of register, differences between spoken and written forms of English, levels of formality, how the audience and format shapes linguistic choices, general vs specialized language, and so on. I guess you could call these some basic concepts of field, tenor, and mode. Without those concepts, it’s hard to grasp the

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