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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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.