Hello and welcome. My name is Sylvia Miajlovic and I am the E.A.L. teacher. This is my twenty-first year working in St Andrew's. I have taught in five different countries with Ireland being a firm favourite. My own two children were pupils here giving me first hand experience of what a wonderful school it is. Throughout the year it is a pleasure to watch the children become helpful, caring members of society at home, school, and in our community. I am very excited to embark on this wonderful journey of teaching many international students and working with such a dedicated and caring staff.
The main purpose of E.A.L. is that students are provided with the help and guidance that is needed to gain access to the mainstream curriculum and integrate and socialise within the community of St Andrew's. The curriculum framework for language support is based entirely on the language needs of the primary curriculum. These are specified as the English Language Proficiency Benchmarks for non-English speaking pupils at primary level. They consist of thirteen units of work which represent the strands of the primary curriculum.
|Myself||Our School||Food, clothes|
|Weather||People who care||Colours , shapes, opposites|
|Transport & Travel||Seasons, Holidays, Festivals||The local and wider community|
|Time||People & Places||Animals & Plants|
|Caring for my locality|
We develop these key strands using units of oral development, reading and writing. We also incorporate various teaching methodologies such as collaborative and interactive learning in order to keep my students engaged and focused. It is essential that our students' mother tongue and knowledge of their home country are recognised and nourished. Learning about different cultures and customs is a very important part of E.A.L. We study how these same customs and cultures have enriched our way of life. Children begin to understand that the many things that make us different are also the things that make us one.