First, busy teachers may find it a little difficult to keep track of the publications produced by the different agencies. This survey provides a summary of what is available to date and it can also be used as a guide to the documents. In addition it can serve as a basis for periodic updating by NALDIC and other professional bodies.
Second, the teaching of EAL, like teaching in all other subject disciplines, is not a ‘natural’ phenomenon. There are a variety of approaches drawing on a wide range of theories, beliefs, values and ideologies. A survey such as this one can offer answers to questions such as:
- What educational experience, theories and beliefs have been invoked, explicitly or implicitly, in these advisory and guidance documents?
- Is there consistency across the different publications produced by the different agencies?
- What might we say about these documents in the light of our professional
experience and specialist training?
It is hoped that through this kind of professional engagement with views represented in official documents we make a contribution to the development of sound practice in the long run…
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