Identifying and supporting EAL children who may have speech, language and communication needs

Date(s) - 03/07/2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

University of Leeds


In this workshop there will be a focus on the factors to consider when differentiating between language problems that are due to impairment and those that are due to inadequate exposure to any of the child’s languages. We will look at how language develops and how to recognise when a child with English as an Additional Language (EAL) is having difficulty in developing their first and any additional languages.
We will have the opportunity to discuss a range of strategies to promote language development for children with EAL who have language impairment.

Presenter: Anne McCaffrey

Anne graduated from Leeds Polytechnic in 1982 with a BSc in Speech Therapy. She also gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) General Primary/Early Years from Oxford Polytechnic in 1991. In 2009 she completed a MEd in Bilingualism in Education. Anne has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the UK and in New Zealand. She has worked in a variety of settings including clinics, mainstream schools, SILC (specialist inclusive learning centre) provision, and language resourced primary schools. Anne is also a trained primary teacher and worked for several years as a Key Stage 1 teacher in a school in Bradford. Anne works in mainstream primary schools in Leeds. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work with school staff to develop children’s communication and interaction skills. As part of her work she has developed a specialism in working with children learning English as an additional language.

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The slides for this workshop are available here: Identifying and supporting children with EAL and SLCN Leeds Uni 7.19

This workshop is funded by an excellence and innovation fellowship from the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence.