General Advice for Integrating Non-English Speaking Students

Tips for Teachers:

-Establish the nationality of the student and how much English, if any, the student has.

- Enlist the help of the special needs teacher or any teacher on staff with formal training or experience in T.E.F.L.

- If the student has no English, they may have another European language. The foreign language teachers can be
used as interpreters.

- Try to discover if the pupils are computer literate, as there are many T.E.F.L. packages that can be used as a
starting point.

- The Principal of the school will be able to tell you if the school qualifies for special teaching hours for foreign

- Contact the parents to judge their ability in English, as they may be able to help in the school as well as at home.

- If another student in the school is of the same nationality, then perhaps they could be paired in class. This will
only be successful if their ability is on a par as one student can slow the other down.

- Very often foreign students are placed in weaker classes even though they are quite bright and this can limit their
access to European languages. Very often they have experience of French or German from home and should be
given the opportunity to practice their skills.

- Try not to have the student removed too often from class as this can lead to isolation. - When assigning work
make every effort to simply adapt the task being done by the others.

- If the student has access to a walkman or cassette player at home, they could listen to read along tapes
appropriate to their level and age. Teachers could make these tapes themselves using the class texts.

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