English As an Additional Language (EAL) Classroom

Our English Language Classroom is a new addition to our school this year.  Children who are new to Ireland and do not have English as their first language learn English as an Additional Language (EAL) through a range of fun and interactive activities and lessons.  Our aim is to foster independence and enjoyment of the teaching and learning of English in the four skill areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

We have children from many different cultures and backgrounds attending Sneem National School and so we strongly believe in creating an inclusive and diverse learning environment which is accessible to all children.  An inclusive school culture is one that provides opportunities for children to use their home language wherever possible to help them access the overall curriculum and participate fully in school life.

“An inclusive school environment reflects values and affirms linguistic, ethnic and cultural diversity.”

A classroom environment in which communication and collaboration is valued and promoted will also support the inclusion of all students. We believe communication is key to successful teaching and learning and this facilitates the fluent transmission of knowledge within the learning environment.  The Primary Language Curriculum reflects the linguistic and cultural diversity visible in Primary schools and supports all children in their language learning and development.

Pupils should also be encouraged and facilitated to maintain a connection with their own culture and language through curricular activities and displays.”

We are currently using the suggested Up and Away programme for English learners in Primary Schools.  This is based on The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  It is based on a thematic approach and covers thirteen themes in the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  As a school, we want to do all that we can to ensure that each student achieves their full potential both academically and socially during their time at Sneem National School.

Having some fun on Pancake Tuesday!!