EAL


Many children at Doncaster Gardens are from an EAL (English as an Additional Language) background. There are students from many cultures, having varying levels of proficiency in their first language and in English. These children require targeted teaching, extra time, support and exposure to English. Children spend several hours a week working in small groups, developing and extending their literacy skills with an EAL specialist teacher. Many of the activities are for functional English - giving and following of instructions, which helps build some of the language skills needed in the classroom.

Language games are used to develop students in their use of descriptive language. The children enjoy poems and songs, where they practice the rhythm and intonation of English.