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Children with English as an Additional Language

 

We value all languages in school and encourage children to share their home language in school. Teachers will display your child’s home language in the classroom and will encourage your child to read and write in their first language while they are developing their English skills.
 
Research has shown that being bilingual is advantageous and bilingual children achieve more than monolingual peers. Research also shows that it is very important for children to continue to develop their first language (or mother tongue) as this learning supports their learning of a second language. Children who stop speaking their first language and only speak English at home do not develop English language quicker than those who continue to speak English and their first language and have poorer literacy skills than children who continue to develop their first language.