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In this episode Dr Barbara Skinner and two PhD Researchers from Ulster University, Maria Stewart and Ronan Kelly, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted primary and post-primary pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and their families.  The discussion centres on the particular challenges that they have faced during the home-schooling period and will face as they return to the classroom including language development, access to support and home-school communication.

In this Episode

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Barbara Skinner

Ulster University

Dr Barbara Skinner is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Ulster University. She is a teacher educator and researcher in the field of TESOL and has published research on the educational attainment gap for learners with EAL, the classroom...

Maria Stewart

Ulster University

Maria Stewart is a PhD researcher at Ulster University. Her project investigates home-school partnership for learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in primary schools in Northern Ireland. She is a Special Educational Needs...

Ronan Kelly

Doctoral Researcher at Ulster University

Ronan Kelly is a Doctoral Researcher at Ulster University. His PhD explores language learning, identity and social cohesion for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in secondary schools in Northern Ireland. He has previously taught...