EAL Buddies

Use your foreign language skills to support children in primary schools.

Key Information
  • Use your language skills – to improve the experience of young people in skills
  • Make a difference – support children who share the same language as you
  • Commitment – 26 and 27 May (10am -3pm) and then the equivalent of two weeks of full time engagement to be negotiated with your school
Detailed Information

Do you speak a language other than English? Do you want to use that amazing talent to support young people in schools?

Greater Manchester is incredible in its linguistic diversities. Over two hundred languages are spoken here, and this is mirrored in our schools – where the language and heritage of many cultures is celebrated and supported.

This Third Term activity is specifically aimed at students who speak more than one language, and provides an opportunity to work with children in schools who share your language in order to improve their experience. This might be working with a child who speaks no English; supporting them to be heard and to participate in their classroom. Equally, however, it might be working alongside children who are confidently bilingual – simply to bring their home languages into the classroom more in order to celebrate them.

You will be given some basic training on 26 and 27 May, but most of your experience will be negotiated with the school you are based in – including your engagement pattern and the children you will work with. Generally, though, you will be supporting class teachers with small groups or individual children.

Additional Information

All students accepted to complete this activity will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check, fully funded by the University. 

A stipend of £50 will be paid to all students who complete this activity, to support with transport costs and expenses.

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