EAL in Elementary School

Students who are non-native English speakers are assessed by the grade-level EAL specialist who designs an individualized programme of support. Our goal is to develop the social language skills to integrate successfully into life at ASH and the academic language skills necessary for each student to access the mainstream curriculum in all content areas. Beginner (A1 level) EAL students receive daily instruction with the EAL teacher to develop social language skills until they can communicate their basic needs. All students enrolled in the EAL Program receive scaffolded language instruction and support within the mainstream classroom. As students develop more advanced, independent language skills, they transition out of the EAL program, but continue to receive support within the classroom, as necessary.
I like working with the EAL teachers because they are nice and they understand you. It helps your English get better and helps you learn in a fun way. - Grade 3 Student
 
My favourite thing about learning English is playing games with my friends. - Early Childhood Student

Seamlessly integrated into the curriculum, students work in flexible grouping based on needs, ability, and assignment. - Upper Elementary EAL Teacher

EAL Mission

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department aims to promote a culturally and linguistically diverse learning community at ASH.

EAL Philosophy

  • We believe that students of all nationalities are an integral part of our school community and that being part of an international community enriches us all.
  • We view multilingualism as a global reality. Inherent in this concept is the promotion and appreciation of multicultural perspectives of the world.
  • We strive to assist all students to become effective and empathetic communicators, developing language proficiency in English and modern languages, in addition to their mother tongue.
  • We acknowledge that it is the school’s responsibility to raise awareness about the significance of multilingualism and multiliteracy amongst staff, parents and students.
  • We strive to assist all students to become effective and empathetic communicators, developing language proficiency in English and modern languages, in addition to their mother tongue.
  • We believe that in order to access the programs offered at ASH, learners should be provided with an inclusive, differentiated setting that supports linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • We recognize that in order to foster an inclusive environment, it is necessary to provide mother tongue support, where possible.
  • We believe curricular decisions should be guided by current research and the responsibility for language development should be shared by all staff members.
 

Vision

A school community that supports, encourages and values the contributions of all EAL students as they acquire the language and skills necessary for social and academic success.
University preparatory program for ages 3-18. Fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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