Hello there, my name is Paul Williams and I am very pleased to say that I am the Language Support Teacher at Glyncoed Primary. At our school, we pride ourselves on the provision provided for children that speak English as a second language. Like all children at Glyncoed, these children are an asset to our school and both their culture and language help to enrich an already thriving learning environment that has recently contributed to us being awarded Green School Status.
With the right support, positive learning environment and encouragement, children are able to thrive whilst learning through the medium of another language:
‘Young children are natural language acquirers; they are self-motivated to pick up language without conscious learning, unlike adolescents and adults. They have the ability to imitate pronunciation and work out the rules for themselves. Any idea that learning to talk in English is difficult does not occur to them unless it’s suggested by adults, who themselves probably learned English academically at a later age through grammar-based text books’.
We are pleased to announce that we are currently only the second school in Wales to offer Languagenut.com to our children that are learning English as a second language.
Languagenut is the perfect language solution for children aged 5-14. It is fun, engaging and has plenty of games to help your child learn a new language.
It covers the 4 key skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing and is available on computers, tablets and phones.
If your child is currently on roll at Glyncoed Primary, then he or she will have been given login details in order to access Languagenut at home as well as in school.
* If your child requires another copy of their login details, then their teacher will be more than pleased to offer these upon request.
If you as a parent, or a relative would like to access this excellent online learning resource, then please click the link below:
You can also download the app here:
This online platform will greatly aid your child’s development not only in their acquisition of the English language but also their general attainment within school, so we ask that you encourage your child to use it regularly.
Every Thursday, I run an EAL homework club for children that are learning and speaking English as an additional language. Children have the opportunity to be given extra support with weekly homework set by their class teachers, help with their reading school reading books and are given access to Languagenut which they very much enjoy.
If you would also like your child to attend this club then please complete the attached letter and email or post it to the school at your earliest convenience.
Helping your child at home develop their knowledge and understanding of the English language WILL greatly improve both their attainment and self-esteem whilst in school. With this in mind, please click on the links below to access some fantastic websites that support both families and children learning English as a second language:
If you require any advice or assistance with your child's English development then
please feel free to pop into school and I'll be happy to help.
Language Support Teacher