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ERIC Number: EJ962263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Supporting Pupils with EAL and Their Teachers in Ireland: The Need for a Co-Ordinated Strategy
Murtagh, Lelia; Francis, Tracy
Language and Education, v26 n3 p201-212 2012
Since the establishment of a Language Support Service in 1999, all newcomer children with limited English skills arriving in schools in Ireland are entitled to two years of additional English language support. This is provided mainly by designated Language Support Teachers (LSTs). During the peak of the Celtic Tiger, there was a sharp growth in the intake of students with English as an additional language (EAL). In response to this, the LST-pupil ratio dramatically increased in 2007, but this new policy was short-lived due to the emerging economic crisis. The present paper investigates the current status of language support provision for newcomer children in Irish schools and the role of LSTs in this process. This is complemented by the findings of a small-scale study of primary school LSTs. A mixed methods approach was adopted involving a questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews. Key themes identified include the need for focussed pre-service training and continuing professional development for all teachers involved in teaching students with EAL, and the provision of appropriate resources for teaching and assessment of these students. These issues are discussed in the context of national and international research on best practice in the area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland