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English as Additional Language

A pupil with English as an Additional Language (EAL) is a pupil who is able to speak more than one language, however, English is not their first.

We are fortunate at Chiltern Academy to have such a diverse range of languages within our school which in turn brings a wealth of different cultures, heritages and world experiences.

All staff are aware of our pupils with EAL and their levels of English proficiency. Where pupils need support with their English language, tailored and personalised provision is provided through intervention in lessons and with close work from the Support For Learning department.

Students who are new to the English language or have low level literacy skills are supported through extra English lessons, guided phonics programmes, alternative curriculums and have access to the Lexia programme to develop their proficiency.

Our Modern Foreign Languages department introduces pupils to French and Spanish which supports pupils to develop transferable skills for language learning including pronunciation, grammar and translation skills. This is also enhanced through English lessons where spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and oracy are taught explicitly. All staff cater for EAL pupils within their lessons through oracy development, personalised provision and support to allow all pupils to access the learning.