This includes beginners of English through to children who are advanced bilingual learners.
About Real Learners
I started REAL Learners because I want to help pupils learn English quickly. This includes beginners of English through to children who are advanced bilingual learners. I also want to support teachers too. I know from 30 year teaching experience how hard it is to include pupils in mainstream lessons when they have little or no English.
REAL Learners’ Guided Language Activities programme is designed to provide a simple and effective way for primary pupils to acquire basic English. The programme is adult led, giving children a good English speaking role model, and has lots of activities that can be dipped in and out of during the school day. Teachers can also adapt its tried and tested ideas to fit any mainstream topics, allowing pupils to be included at all times.
I want children to feel safe and secure when they arrive in school and to enjoy their language learning. In addition, I want teachers to feel confident and enjoying teaching them too! This means acknowledging pupils’ bilingual or multilingual skills and using this wealth of linguistic knowledge to help children understand the world around them. The languages we speak are a fundamental part of our identities. Valuing children’s languages is fundamental to them feeling welcome in our classrooms.
Please take a look at our website. It includes resources to download, training and advice for schools as well as the opportunity to invest in our Guided Language Activities to give your newly arrived pupils the best start at your school.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or queries. I will be delighted to help.
Dr Justine Dakin
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