Last month, I wrote a journal entry about Useful Twinkl Activities fo New EAL Starters. The following week, I received this tweet from Matthew Jenkin (a freelance journalist who writes for The Guardian), asking to interview me about teaching EAL students.
@juliannebritton Love to interview you about handwriting/literacy for EAL students, the challenges and best practice ideas. Any chance of a phone chat asap? Thank you!
— Matthew Jenkin (@matthewjenkin) February 13, 2018
Naturally, I accepted the invitation to chat. We discussed the challenges that bilingual or multilingual children face when learning to handwrite in English. These potential barriers can impact a child’s proficiency and development so I offered some friendly advice to teachers as to how best overcome these challenges and support the pupils.
Yesterday, the article was published on The Guardian website.
I am glad to have been able to contribute to this article and I welcome the opportunity to discuss educational issues.