English As An Additional Language

EAL in High School

Given the demands of the curriculum in the High School, non-native English speakers entering these grades must already have achieved an intermediate level (B1) of English.
Our goal in the High School is to develop the academic language skills necessary for each student to successfully access the curriculum in all content areas.
  • In grade 9, Intermediate (B1/B2) EAL students are enrolled in the English Foundations course, which receives credit as an English class, and is taught by the EAL teacher.
  • Additionally, grade 9 EAL students may enroll in English for Academic Purposes to support their academic language development. This counts as an ‘elective’ for course credit.
  • EAL students receive differentiated instruction and support within the content classroom
  • In 11th & 12th grade, EAL students (B2 - C1) are enrolled in IBDP English B Higher Level.
 
EAL made me much better in english which was crucial to be able to understand the content in the other classes and communicate with other students. - High School Student

Not only was EAL helpful in terms of language, but also it created a safe space where I felt comfortable. - High School Student

EAL class helps me to understand subjects with a lot of content such as history and gives me extra support and time to work. - High School Student

Mission

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

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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