English as an Additional Language (EAL)
As you would expect in an international school our children join us with diverse cultural identities and varying language skills. In response, we employ a multi faceted approach to teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) which is dedicated to helping your child integrate into an English speaking environment as quickly as possible. We aim to ensure that they feel comfortable and develop confidence in speaking English. We believe that the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are not separate but inter-related, so our approach to teaching language is holistic.
After assessing each student’s individual language needs, we design a programme that best helps them to achieve academic success. In primary school this is usually handled within the mainstream classroom where there are assistant teachers working with the class teachers to offer language support. This will include in-class support, differentiated lessons in the classroom and separate English skills lessons as directed by the class teacher. Our EAL support department work with the mainstream classrooms bringing extra support and expertise to ensure maximum success and proficiency.
In secondary school, particularly as children move into Key Stage 4, they will only be admitted to the school if they arrive with the English language skills necessary for success. The school will offer extensive support believing, in the first, instance that EAL is the responsibility of all teachers in the school. All teachers build in and reinforce EAL in their lessons, ensuring that academic content is linked to language objectives. We have a specialised secondary EAL department the gives in class support and withdrawal English language instruction as needed.