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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Parent Workshop 2011-2012. By Mr. Mark-Anthony Villaflor and Mr. Henricus Peters. Questions…. Welcome

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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Parent Workshop 2011-2012


Mr. Mark-Anthony Villaflor


Mr. Henricus Peters


  • Welcome

  • We are happy to answer questions you have. Please ask questions about general class work. If you have any particular questions or concerns, please see Mr Mark or Mr Peters at a convenient.

Mr. Henricus Peters

  • Born in New Zealand to Dutch parents

  • Taught in the United Kingdom for 5 years both class and supply teacher, before coming to Shanghai and YCIS. This is my second year with YCIS Shanghai

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (NZ) and Masters degree in Education (UK) specialising in learning strategies

  • Ecology Action Organiser at Regency Park

Mr. Mark-Anthony Villaflor

  • Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington.

  • Taught in South Korea, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia prior to YCIS.

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations- Latin American emphasis and a Minor in Spanish from Pepperdine Univ.

  • Master’s in Arts- Teaching English Language from De La Salle Univ.

  • Currently taking Master’s in Edu.- Curriculum and Instruction- Seattle Pacific Univ.


  • Promotion occurs three times a year: following the main holidays depending on the classroom teachers and EAL teachers evaluation of student’s progress.

  • Promotion is based on student’s progress in all four macro-skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). However given the context and background of the school and students reading and writing are a primary focus.

What is Learned in EAL

Four skills:

reading, writing, speaking and listening

From the National Curriculum forEngland.

EAL students learn the same English

language concepts as in the mainstream.

EAL works closely with Learning Support

  • Some students in EAL mainly have issues with literacy or English as a language.

  • Others simply have other issues that have prevented them from progressing more quickly such as learning difficulties


  • Oxford Reading Tree

  • PM Reading Series

    • Reinforced through hands on learning in the library’s computer lab

  • National Curriculum  collaboration with classroom teachers in science/topic, English, and maths

  • Various website links/games

    • http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/seasons/eng/Introduction/default.htm

Ideas for parents and at home

  • Reading strategies

    - 15 minutes each day

  • Tutor communication

    • suggestions for tutors to write in diary

    • expectations on homework- supervise but don’t do it for them. Mistakes are ok!

  • Spelling strategies and practice

    - look, say, trace, cover, write, check

At Home

Developing their native language first will help promote English language and literacy.

  • Age appropriate books - written in the native language and second language.

  • Build success and confidence in your child by motivating and encouraging them daily.

  • Speak to your child in English as much and as often as you can.

  • Create some “English only” time.

  • Varied English activities - DVDs/games/singing/computer.

Making Homework Successful

  • Good learning environment at home.

  • Always praise and encourage your child.

  • Make it fun and include some games.

  • Have a good English dictionary at home.

  • Develop your child’s independence.

  • Use the computer at home for English activities.

  • Too difficult? Contact the teacher.

Each EAL Pupil is unique.

  • Families vary in background.

  • Parents have different expectations of their children.

  • Pupils have their own language-learning styles.

  • Children learn at different speeds.

Every EAL Pupil needs . . .

  • A translation dictionary and an English dictionary at home and at school

  • A quiet place to do homework

  • Books to read for pleasure

  • Encouragement and praise

Useful websites

  • www.starfall.com

  • www.classbrain.com

  • www.funbrain.com

  • www.esl-lounge.com


If you have any questions, please stay and see:

  • Go to the auditorium for students of Mrs. Venus, Mrs. Xie, and Ms. Tkaczuk.

  • For those with students in Mr. Mark’s class or Mr. Peter’s class feel free to stay here.

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