EAL support for mainstream English

What does ‘EAL support’ look like in (or alongside) mainstream English lessons. Here’s an example of some support I provide to help with literature.

It was with a Year 7 class (all learners on the EAL register). They were studying Cirque du Freak. This support was done during an additional slot, not in class. The learners had just studied Chapter 8, the bit where Darren and Steve attend the freak show and see Wolfman bite the woman’s arm off. Pleasant. Their class teacher wasn’t sure how much they comprehended, so asked if I could go over some content from the chapter.

Here’s my planning process (bit raw, this…):

First step, approach things with a target language function in mind. *Pete delves into the WIDA standards*

Aha, narrate. Sounds obvious now. This should give me some good opportunities for formative assessment actually. Bonus.

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