MESHGuide for supporting learners of English as an additional language

MESH Guides provide teachers and other educators with quick access to summaries of research-based specialist knowledge to support their professional judgement.
Chris Pim worked closely with Sarah Coles, a colleague at Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) and Naomi Flynn (formerly at the University of Winchester), to produce The EAL MESHGuide. It was also constructed with the support of teachers in primary and secondary schools in Hampshire, selected for their existing expertise in teaching EAL learners, who used the guidance for action research in the spring and summer terms of 2015.

About the guide

‘The guide has been written principally to support teachers and learning support assistants working with EAL learners in any educational setting and who are at any stage of fluency in the learning of English. It will also support senior leaders in their strategic response to the EAL learners in their schools. As with all MESH guides it seeks to share knowledge with professionals in order to support the growth of evidence informed practice that works in promoting the best in pupil outcomes.

The guide chiefly supports the teaching and learning of EAL learners in terms of their language and literacy development, because these skills allow them access to learning across the curriculum. There is deliberate and considerable overlap between the sections of the guide in acknowledgement of the interdependence of language and literacy development.’ (EAL MESHGuide, 2015)

The EAL MESHGuide is a working document and I encourage any EAL practitioners to email the authors with any additional content that they feel could be included.