In the Lower School, the English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL), is designed for IBPYP students who need additional support in order to access the curriculum more easily and to enable more meaningful engagement in the classroom setting.
In addition to building a sound understanding of basic English, the programme also provides for vocabulary acquisition and a variety of activities and exercises to consolidate the knowledge of grammar. Time can also be devoted to reading and comprehension skills and the development of pronunciation (and phonics) for students who need these. The EAL specialists work closely with classroom teachers and ensure that the content aligns with material which students are learning in their IB PYP units of inquiry where appropriate. EAL specialists also help class teachers with suggestions for differentiation for students who have English as an Additional Language.
The progress of the student is assessed continuously against shared recognised English acquisition criteria and each week teaching is adjusted accordingly to ensure that it provides maximum benefit for individual students. Teaching can occur as a mixture of group and individual sessions or in-class support, if appropriate.
Participation in the EAL programme incurs an additional fee and, if recommended by the school, is compulsory and will remain in place for as long as is required to enable the student to access the mainstream curriculum successfully. Clear entry and exit criteria exist to determine the level of support required.