English language support

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is designed to integrate EAL students into the mainstream classroom environment as soon as they may benefit from it.

The Approach

We offer content integrated language teaching as students make the fastest progress when language is learnt with context. Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) support is provided across the curriculum areas to help students access mainstream curriculum.

Our Immersion Programme constitutes

  • Daily booster sessions
  • Pull-out in small groups to work on the core areas
  • In-class support for specific areas of the curriculum

Assessment, Support and Transitioning

All students applying for admission are required to take the formal and informal assessments set by the school.

Students are screened to determine their level of English in the core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. They may be asked to sit for the standardised WIDA evaluation based on:

  • Initial assessment during the enrolment process, or
  • Class teacher’s recommendation
  • In-class support for specific areas of the curriculum

The results of the evaluation define whether a student requires the Intensive Immersion Programme or differentiated language support in a small group.

Annual assessments evaluate progress and determine the exit of students from the programme.

41%

Absolute beginner EAL students

99%

Students moved a level up for standardised assessment