Valuing first language
At Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, we believe that language provides a fundamental bridge between communities. A focus on a wide range of languages helps build understanding about the children who use language(s) other than their own.
Innovative ways you can encourage use of first language
We have developed our Young Interpreters Scheme which aims to equip pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to support their newly arrived peers through the initial weeks and months. The value of a scheme such as this in parts of the country where there are isolated learners is that it doesn’t depend on particular resources and services being available locally, but harnesses ‘pupil power.’ It focuses inwardly at the considerable resource that pupils, staff and families have to offer.
The National Literacy Trust: 'Talk to you baby'
EMTAS has produced a leaflet: Bringing up your child bilingually 1 MB.
Schools may be interested in our Young Interpreters Scheme or providing Community Languages taster sessions. Further details are available from our main office, telephone 01256 330195.