Practical guidance, processes and adaptable resources to develop a whole school framework for supporting EAL learners in Post-Primary

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Digital Tools

There are many barriers to learning for EAL learners.
The use of Technology can help students,  families, teachers and schools to reduce or overcome  these barriers and enable EAL learners to become more active and responsible for their own learning.
There are many powerful tools available that are excellent for EAL learners who do not have English as a first language.
These tools are even more useful during school closures.
My short video tutorials below demonstrate how to use these features.

Google Translate Chrome Extension

The Google Translate Chrome Extension allows students, families and teachers to translate any page into their home language instantly- even Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams.
All teacher instructions can be translated if necessary.
Works on email and Kahoot too!
Enables students to become more active and responsible for their own learning.
Watch here

Using YouTube to Support EAL Learners

Carefully chosen educational videos will help an EAL learner understand the context and make the fullest possible use of their prior knowledge and language skills to access the lesson content. 
Here is a tutorial on how to use the accessibility tools in YouTube to support EAL learners.
(Turn on captions, change caption language, slow down playback speed etc..).
Watch here

Explain and Send Screenshots

Explain and Send Screenshots is a great app that allows teachers to capture, record and even annotate their screens.
It is a great tool for teachers to demonstrate or explain lessons for EAL Learners especially during school closures.
Use Explain and Send Screenshots to talk EAL learners through classwork and assignments and ensure they understand the instructions.
Record yourself reading texts. 
You can have students use screen readers but I find students connect better when they hear their teacher’s voice. 
Watch here

Using Google Sheets to Support EAL Learners

Here is a link to a pre-loaded Google Sheet and a short tutorial on how to use it to create Keyword lists in multiple languages.
Access to pre loaded Google Sheet
Watch here

Using Google Docs to Support EAL learners

Teachers can use the translation tool in Google Docs or Microsoft Word* to make the most of  EAL Learners' Home Language and build Language Awareness.
Building language awareness can help students become more active in and more responsible for their own learning.
To encourage students to better understand how languages are structured and organised, talk to them about their home language. 
Ask learners how is their home language the same and how it is different from English?
Compare syntax (word order) of both languages
Ask learners whether there are words in their home language that sound the same and mean the same thing in both languages?
As part of phonological and metalinguistic awareness ask students to say words that start with the same sound(s) in their home language or English or both.
Ask learners to show you how words are changed and formed in their home language (singular and plural forms, present tense/ past tense of verbs etc..)
KWL sheets can also be created.
Watch here

* If using Microsoft Word
- Type up your document
- Select Review in the menu bar
- Select translate
- Select Choose Translation Language

Using the Voice Typing feature on Google Docs to Support EAL Learners

Watch here
You can use speech-to-text on Microsoft Word through the "Dictate" feature.**

School-home Communication

You may find it helpful to use translated  letters when communicating with parents. 
It is a good idea to photocopy the translated letter onto the back of the original letter so that the parent receives both versions.
Here is a tutorial on how to use the translation tool in Google Docs to communicate with parents.
Watch here
Microsoft word has the same feature
* If using Microsoft Word
- Type up your document
- Select Review in the menu bar
- Select translate
- Select Choose Translation Language

Google or Microsoft Forms

Google or Microsoft forms can be used to create surveys that families can translate at any time during the school year.
Watch here

Say Hi Translate

Say Hi Translate is a great free app to translate text, WhatsApp, Viber or facebook messenger. 

Microsoft Translator App

List of languages supported available here
Schools and teachers can reach out to families in their native language and invite them to a live, translated parent-teacher meeting using the free Microsoft Translator App .
List of languages supported available here
Microsoft even provided pre-translated letters explaining how parents can download the app from their phone or device and join a conversation!
Download pre-translated letters here

The Microsoft Translator app can also be used to provide real time translation and live captioning during information evenings. 
Microsoft PowerPoint , Google Meet and Zoom also provide live captioning and translated subtitling of a presenter’s notes in many languages including English.
These subtitles enable families of EAL learners to follow along with information sessions and school presentations.

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