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A question for primary teachers - ESL

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robhat

Look, this can vary a lot depending on various other issues, many of which PPs have mentioned.

 

You generally do not need to worry about her ability to learn English. Our school has 80% kids who come from a home background speaking a language other than English. They all learn English very well. In fact many of them end up doing better than the kids who only speak English. No one where I live would even consider asking if they should hold their child back due to no English, but there are other reasons why it may be a good idea. Lack of exposure to any kind of school environment might be one. Also a school that isn't used to ESL students or doesn't have a huge multicultural mix might mean that a year of English learning at preschool/prep will make socialising in school easier.

 

The vaccinations could be a problem but the best thing for you to do is to go into the school and speak to them. They will know what they can provide for the child and if they have many ESL students they will know which grade is best etc.

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.Jerry.

Interesting re the vaccination requirements of other states.

 

I'm in public school in Qld and we have no idea who is vaccinated and who isn't. No legal requirement for us to collect that information.

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Hollycoddle

i thought children who can't speak english are supposed to do 6 months at a special english-language school first - if there are positions available. i would speak to the school about it, it may partly depend on whether or not they have integration aides in the prep or grade 1 class, or other specialists.

 

This. Of course this could only be in possible if you're in a larger city. We have a few primary schools here in ACT that run the program.

 

Snap BBC. I have provided support to a family where the children attend Hughes Primary.

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Ozquoll

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solongandthanksfor

tbh the more kids of the same esl background esp sitting together in the same class the slower the english progression.

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Sincerely

tbh the more kids of the same esl background esp sitting together in the same class the slower the english progression.

 

Bi-lingual classmate(s) who speak her native Mandarin language could be useful for the initial transition if she speaks very little or no English.

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Expelliarmus

tbh the more kids of the same esl background esp sitting together in the same class the slower the english progression.

On what do you base that?

 

90% of my students have more than one language, with English not being their first, and our school has an Intensive English Language Program - and that's not something we experience.

 

My experience is that children benefit enormously from having a community at school who speak their first language.

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Ozquoll

Well, enrolment went off just fine - my DS and their DD played together which kept them out of the adults hair, and the school staff were fantastic. There were a few other ESL families there enrolling their kids, so definitely no worries about being the only kid who can’t speak much English.

 

Thanks everyone for your help on this thread!

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Chaotic Pogo

I need closure!

 

Prep or grade 1?

 

:)

 

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Ozquoll

I need closure!

 

Prep or grade 1?

 

:)

Lol - Prep! Turns out I’d got the age wrong - I thought they said 5 turning 6, she was in fact 4 turning 5, so will be a preppie.

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