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How can we support vocabulary development for children with EAL and SEN? We relay guidance from two of our associate experts on techniques and tools that can be used to support vocabulary development for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), special educational needs (SEN), or both.

In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate education experts, Anita Devi and Diane Leedham, on how to support the vocabulary development of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and English as an additional language (EAL).

Identify the needs of individual pupils

Anita and Diane both emphasised the importance of identifying the reasons why a pupil needs additional help with acquiring vocabulary. For example, he or she may speak English as an additional language (EAL) or have special educational needs (SEN), or both.

They explained that identifying the pupil’s needs, and his or her starting point, will help to determine the best way of supporting the pupil's vocabulary development.

Pupils with EAL

This will allow for more targeted vocabulary development.

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