English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Jane Berry is an EAL (English as Additional Language) teacher who works at Forrester every Wednesday. She is an experienced English teacher with specialist knowledge of bilingualism, language development and support of bilingual learners. She is part of the EAL Service (which is part of the ASL Service) who work in schools across the city and provide expertise, advice, CPD, and bilingual support in Edinburgh’s most common minority languages.
In school Jane is very much part of the Support for Learning (SfL) team. She has a case load of pupils with whom she works with, observes and supports. Jane updates records on stages within the EAL development using a profile of competency widely used across the City of Edinburgh Council. Using this she observes pupils in classes, talks in detail to class teachers and assess pupils’ work. Jane supports the SfL Leader in communicating with all EAL learners regarding their possible entitlement for assessment arrangements for the use of dictionaries during their SQA assessments and exams. She is also core in the sourcing of interpreters for school meetings should the need arise.