Approaches to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language in early years settings.

Withey, Linda (2014) Approaches to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language in early years settings. Practice and Research in Education. pp. 44-54.

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Abstract

The work investigates the approaches to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language in primary education, and, identifies the most appropriate and effective means of achieving this. Appreciating that the ethnic diversity within individual schools may result in a varying range of strategies, the objective was to identify a consistency of approach. Additionally there is an examination of the role of learner support in classrooms, and the strategies employed by schools to develop effective communication with parents. The study is longitudinal in design and tracks a cohort of children from reception to year 2. Data collection draws on the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative paradigms and combines observations of children and staff, interviews with staff and, focus groups with parents. Alongside, are assessments of children, a review of records and policy documents, and an analysis of guidance and literacy strategies. The catalyst for the study came from comments made by practitioners, that parents from different ethnic backgrounds held differing views about how their children should be taught English as an additional language. Added to this, the researcher had observed the increasing numbers of children in local schools from differing language groups, and the concerns expressed by staff about the best way to tackle what at times seemed to be, an overwhelming problem in everyday practice. The one clear aim throughout the study was to throw useful light on effective teaching. Indeed, Evans (2002, p.228) raise the questions, ‘What use is educational research if it does not inform and impact upon what goes on in schools?’

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Classroom support, Creative teaching strategies, Developing positive parental relationships, English as an additional language, English language skills, Early literacy
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
University Publications > Research > Practice & Research in Education
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 14:58
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 09:05
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/648

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