My first experience of working with a child learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) was a lively, feisty 3 year old with an Italian family; I adored working with her and loved observing her emerging language skills. There were frequent moments when, out of frustration, she’d punctuate an English sentence with an Italian word or phrase, and then be further frustrated by not being understood. Except, of course, we did understand.
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