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Games. Reading. Roleplays. The different ways we learn.

It is now week 9 and our EAL students continue to display resilience and tenacity when it comes to learning a new language.

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The importance of reading cannot be overstated. It is how we acquire knowledge passed down through the history of humanity. Reading, in the context of EAL, allows our students to see how sentences should be constructed in context and serves as a model for their own speaking and writing. Like songs, it plays an important role in everyday activities that children enjoy engaging in whilst still educating themselves without even realizing it.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." ~ Dr Seuss

Students in Year 1 have been learning about different types of transport, clothes, toys and food. They enjoy reading and retelling stories to the class using pictures. Most importantly, games like Charades and ‘Simon Says’ have proven to be most popular when learning new vocabulary or speaking in full sentences. Especially so when brave children stand up front and be Simon!

In Year 3, students have been doing some fantastic reading and roleplaying as they used their different reading skills to locate and answer rapid-fire questions in various quizzes in class. They’ve been learning about Daily Tasks in relation to adverbs of frequency. They interviewed their classmates and wrote about the frequency of which they performed said Daily Tasks. To practise their speaking, a roleplay in the context of our Daily Task story that we read was created and performed to the class.

In Year 6, students have been learning about futuristic types of transport. They read about different types of futuristic transports before designing their own. Following on from that, they wrote short descriptions about things you would need to know when operating them. This led to great debate-styled discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of their transport being used in Beijing.

Who knows what’s in store next for our EAL students?

By Jay Lee

Head of EAL

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Chaoyang District

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Chaoyang District
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