Languages & EAL
Dwight is an international community, with students and faculty representing over 40 nationalities. Our classrooms, hallways, and student lounges are filled with the sounds of lively conversations in many languages.
Mother-tongue is a child's first or native language and has an important part to play in the development of language skills. At Dwight School London we celebrate a wonderfully diverse range of mother tongue languages spoken in our community. We aim to work in partnership with parents to maintain and develop mother-tongue language and literacy skills for all students.
Our mother-tongue support includes:
- Mother-tongue classes within the curriculum in the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. We offer Japanese, Turkish, Spanish and Mandarin Language and Literature courses, and other languages at the request of families. Mother-tongue classes in the Primary Years Programme are available at the request of families and subject to the availability of a suitable teacher. Mother-tongue classes of less than 4 students may incur an additional fee.
- Mother-tongue clubs within the extra-curricular and activities programmes
- Providing parents with information regarding mother-tongue programmes available in the local community
- Recognising and celebrating the various mother-tongue languages within the school
- Mother-tongue resources in the library
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
At Dwight School London, we provide extensive English language instruction and support. We're committed to a personalised approach that provides students who are learning English with the necessary tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Our English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL) is designed to support our IB MYP students in developing their English language skills, including in all subject areas from their arrival at Dwight.
In the Senior School, EAL provision has the following primary goals:
- To help students communicate and express themselves in both social and academic contexts so that they are able to engage successfully when learning through the IB programmes.
- To encourage students to develop effective approaches to learning in English.
- To support work across the subjects by developing a comprehensive understanding of English.
In addition to building English language learning strategies and skills, the EAL teachers work closely with subject teachers in supporting students in challenging subjects such as Individuals & Societies and Science.
To find out more about the EAL programme, please contact our EAL department who will be more than happy to assist you with any queries you may have.
In the MYP, the six phases of Language Acquisition guide student assessment. Students are assigned a phase on entry with phases starting at 1 for emergent communicator (beginner) and increasing to 6, proficient communicator (advanced).
We have published a booklet with the relevant information, however, answers to the most commonly asked questions can be found below:
- Which students benefit from receiving specialised EAL support?
- Does the EAL programme only develop social language?
- What are the main aims of EAL programme?
- How is language progress tracked and assessed?
- When are students ready to work independently and exit the EAL programme?
- How long does it usually take for a student to develop higher level academic language?
- Where can I find out more about the EAL programme?