Differentiation is happening at all levels in the EAL programme. Students from Year 1 to Year 6 can experience learning that is at the appropriate level for their English development. In Year 1, differentiation might mean having the option to trace letters or write letters independently. It might mean writing words in a free space or learning how to write them on a line. In Year 2, differentiation might mean circling the right answer versus writing in the right answer by oneself.
In Year 3, differentiation for speaking might mean repeating what a partner said versus agreeing or disagreeing with a partner and explaining why. At Year 4, differentiation might look like writing an adjective plus a noun versus a complete sentence which includes a subject, a verb, a capital letter, a noun, and a description.
The same continues in Year 5 and Year 6. No matter what age the student is or what English level ability he or she is at, help is being offered to all students so that they can understand what is happening in class. This is key to helping students feel emotionally comfortable and confident in class, and also for helping them to see their progress. In short, differentiation allows for progress in learning.
We hope you can see the progress your child is making too. Have them share what they are learning in EAL class when they come home. To help with this conversation, check out the Seesaw posts and see the captions we are posting on class pictures and videos. Then send us a comment!
We hope you are enjoying the fall and looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming parents evening.
By Renee Gasch