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EAL: Together or separate?

I get asked quite often "What is the best programme structure for EAL?", usually by administrators looking for a quick fix. Unfortunately, as with anything to do with schools and language, there is no one correct answer. The best EAL programme for any individual school is the one that is the best fit between student needs, teacher capacity, and, it must be acknowledged, budget. In an ideal world, schools would provide maximum support for students for the whole window of potential need (see my previous post on BICS and CALP). Realistically, very few schools have the means to provide formal EAL to the extent that would be desirable. This means that the best programme for each school must be ca

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