EAL and English: subjects and language across the curriculum

Safford, Kimberly and Collins, Fiona (2007). EAL and English: subjects and language across the curriculum. National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, UK.

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English is a core subject of the National Curriculum, and English is also the oral and written medium of instruction for the whole curriculum. ‘English across the curriculum’ conceptualises pupils applying their knowledge of these strands to other domains of subject knowledge. Subject English is highly politicised and contested; no other curriculum area undergoes such continuous scrutiny and revision. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is, in contrast, a ‘diffuse’ curriculum area which is not articulated as a distinct subject or a controversial domain of learning although, like English, EAL crosses all curriculum subjects.
Part of an online series on EAL and curriculum subjects, the article discusses how pupils learning EAL apply their developing knowledge of English as well as their other languages in this particular subject area and how the curriculum in English can create additional linguistic and cultural demands on pupils learning EAL, making subject knowledge and understanding more challenging.

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