Further to our previous posts looking at how schools use the resources in their schools I have had this from Kim in Medway. The Head teacher contacted us a while ago when Artur a Russian first language speaker joined their school, they were looking for tools and resources to support them in Arturs learning. From there things have progressed and they have developed their provision for EAL students as we can see from the message below. They responded to my questions if they were still finding the resources useful and what they use the resources for.
We did indeed use EMAS to support Artur both before and after we employed a Russian speaking TA. We do have three EAL support teachers now in our school as well as a Bulgarian business manager who speaks three languages but still use EMAS extensively to support class teachers when new children arrive and also to translate letters and notices.
To us it is a well used and valuable resource.
It is not just for Education though these same tools can be used throughout the business. Text Tutor can be used to create their business letters, flyers or email messages. Two Can Talk and Claire Talk (NHS) can be used to talk to clients in their preferred language and the portable handheld I Can Talk To can be taken abroad for business trips, travelling for leisure or with clients I English speaking areas whose preferred language is not English.
We are always looking for things to share in our community as it can sometimes feel very isolated particularly if you are the only EAL teacher, or suddenly after extensive planning have a child or children arrive into your classroom or school and they subsequently need English language support. By sharing with each other we can all learn and between us promote good practice. If you have something to share please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or use facebook www.facebook.com/emasuk and I will share with our readers.