Remote learning: how to keep pupils with EAL on-track

Find out from The Bell Foundation experts how to provide high-quality remote provision for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL). Learn how to make remote lessons accessible, keep conversation skills going, and get the most out of free online translation tools.

Last reviewed on 23 October 2020
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Encourage families to speak in their home languages
  2. Make remote lessons accessible to pupils with EAL
  3. Carry out remote pre-teaching and post-teaching
  4. Use online translation tools to help parents and pupils
  5. Provide exposure to spoken English, including conversations with peers
  6. Think about how you’ll carry out EAL induction remotely
  7. Free high-quality resources, recommended by our experts

Encourage families to speak in their home languages

Ask parents to try to speak more in their home language and less in English when their child is learning remotely  Reassure parents that pupils can still learn the curriculum content in their home language, even if they can't learn it in English (e.g. they could discuss a history topic with an older sibling and ask questions in Italian) Encourage parents to talk to their child about their home learning in their home language (e.g. “can you tell me about something you learnt today in Urdu?”) Use these leaflets for parents, which cover how to support home learning. They're available in 17