To have English as an additional language means that the language you speak or hear at home is not always English. Speaking more than one language is often an advantage to a child and should be celebrated. During the academic year 2017-2018, at Kings Furlong Junior School, children spoke over 20 different languages at home, including: Bengali, Panjabi, Hindi, Spanish, Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, Gujarati, Thai, Telugu, Arabic, Polish, German, Tamil, Romanian, Turkish, Luganda, Nepali and Vietnamese.
A helpful website to support reading: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
A new arrival is a child who is newly arrived in Britain who does not speak English. In this instance, the school will instantly contact the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS). This service is invaluable in helping to explain how the school works and explain confusing aspects of the school the child may be experiencing through an interpreter.
If your child is EAL and an advanced learner, it means that although English is a second language they speak and write competently in English. It is important that the school knows if a child has EAL as it can affect grammar and some receptive language (understanding of spoken language). Knowledge a child has EAL means the teacher and EAL coordinator (Mrs Wright) can put support and provision into place.
It is expected that new arrivals may be mute in class for up to 6 months as they take in and learn the language. English is often first used in social situations in the playground before the child is confident enough to use English within the classroom setting.
EMTAS are also helpful in helping to ascertain whether a child with EAL has a special educational need, or whether the language barrier is holding their progress back.
The below help lines available for information and support with home-school communication, or if you have any questions relating to your child’s education or well-being. The phone number for all languages is 03707 794222.
The phone line assistants all speak good English so if you can use even a little English you can call at any of the times listed below.
If you need an interpreter for any other language just ring EMTAS: 01256 330195 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and the language you speak and they will do their best to help you.
Monday 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Hindi and Marathi: ask for Meera Narasimhan
Hungarian: ask for Ildiko Ordog
Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu: ask for Anantha Bharathan Kurup
Nepali: ask for Sudhir Lama
Polish: ask for Katarzyna Tokarska or Magdelena Raeburn
Portuguese: ask for Catarina Martins
Romanian: ask for Ildiko Ordog
Spanish: ask for Fiona McKenzie
Turkish: ask for Ozgul Springett
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller phone line
Thursday 12.00-3pm (term time only)