English as an Additional Language

Providing the highest level of English language instruction, while supporting the needs of a diverse student population.

Across all sections of the school, our highly qualified English language teachers provide both one-to-one instruction and in-class support via our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme.

Students are assessed when they join BBIS and at key points throughout the year to determine their level of English proficiency. These proficiency tests, along with placement testing and teacher assessments, help us work out if a student should join the EAL programme – as well as if they are ready to leave.

EAL IN THE PRIMARY YEARS

In Primary School, we offer specialised EAL instruction and support for students who are developing their English language skills. If your child has beginner to high-intermediate English language proficiency, they will receive English instruction in a small group setting with an EAL teacher.

These classes are designed to help students to develop their language and literacy skills, while building an understanding of the curriculum. As such, the EAL specialists work closely with the classroom teachers, developing differentiated instruction and support to help these students access the mainstream curriculum and accelerate their learning.

EAL IN THE SECONDARY YEARS (GRADES 6 TO 10)

In Secondary School, students requiring EAL instruction and support can join our English Language Acquisition programme, which is delivered by an EAL teacher. This programme focuses on developing English language skills, while covering similar content to the mainstream English classes. This means that students study similar literature, cover the same topics, and focus on most of the same global contexts as their peers in Language and Literature courses – while continuing to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Students can also receive in-class support from EAL specialists in Humanities and Science, as well as in 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.