English as an Additional Language (EAL)
When students enter our school at any age, we assess their language capabilities and, where necessary, our teachers and our EAL (English as an Additional Language) specialists work in collaboration to formulate a plan for student success.
EAL in the Early Years
The program offered to the children in the Mixed Kindergarten is built around oral language acquisition. That means that the children experience the language through books, games, flashcards, and many other non-written activities. The program offered to the children in Senior Kindergarten begins with oral language acquisition then moves on to Unit of Inquiry-related vocabulary and language structures. In the beginning, the children experience the language through books, games and flashcards. Later, they move on to more challenging activities which include simple written activities, word building, and even reading out loud (depending on the child’s individual ability).
For more information about our EAL program in Kindergarten, please see this brochure we made for parents that addresses frequently asked questions.
EAL in the Secondary School
All students entering the secondary school are assessed using ISHR’s entrance tests in English and/or EAL. In borderline cases, students may undergo further assessments during their initial weeks in the school. Students considered needing extra support may be withdrawn in small grade-level groups for extra EAL instruction. This may take place between 3 – 5 times a week, depending on the level of need. Withdrawal is typically from another language class (excluding German) or other area of the curriculum.