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. Students are assessed upon entry to the school and at key points throughout the year to determine their level of English proficiency. Entry and exit to and from the EAL programmes in the school is determined by a combination of placement testing, proficiency testing 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 receive English instruction in a small group setting with an EAL teacher. These classes focus on helping the students to develop their language and literacy skills as well as an understanding of the PYP units of inquiry. The EAL specialists also work closely with the classroom teachers to develop differentiated instruction and support for the mainstream curriculum. This form of instruction and support is designed to help the students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to access the mainstream curriculum and to accelerate their learning.
Secondary School EAL - Grades 6-10
In the Secondary School students in grades 6 – 10 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 timetabled during the French, Spanish and Drama teaching periods, and allows students to receive targeted interventions, mentoring, support in academic subject areas and academic writing and study skills.