ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
We are committed to providing the highest level of English language instruction, while supporting the needs of a diverse student population
Across all sections of the school, a team of highly qualified English language teaching professionals provides both pull-out instruction and in-class support to deliver a comprehensive and inclusive programme. Entry and exit to and from the EAL programmes in the school are determined by a combination of placement testing, proficiency testing using the MACII and teacher assessments.
Primary School EAL
In the Primary School we offer specialised EAL instruction and support for those students who are in the process of developing their English language skills. Students who have beginner to high-intermediate English language proficiency are withdrawn or supported within their mainstream classes to receive English instruction in a small group setting. EAL students, including those with intermediate to advanced proficiency, receive differentiated support in their homeroom classes from teachers and EAL support staff dependent on their individual needs and levels of proficiency.
Secondary School EAL - Grades 6-10
In the Secondary School MYP, grades 6 - 10, students follow the Middle Years Programme (MYP). In the MYP, students, requiring EAL instruction and support, participate in the English Language Acquisition programme of instruction which is delivered by an EAL teacher. This programme focuses on developing English language skills alongside learning similar content to the mainstream English classes. This means that students study similar literature, cover the same topics and focus on, for the most part, the same global contexts as their peers in Language and Literature courses while continuing to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In addition to receiving EAL instruction, students receive in-class support from EAL specialists in Humanities and Science as well as usually attending Study Hall. Study Hall is time tabled during the French, Spanish and Drama teaching periods, and allows the students to receive: individualized interventions, personalized learning mentoring, further support in academic subject areas and targeted research and study skills instruction.