English As An Additional Language

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 and Intermediate (A1-B2 level) EAL students join the EAL class to develop social and academic language skills. This course is taken instead of a modern language or an arts option.
  • These EAL students also benefit from scaffolded language support with mainstream classes, especially social studies.
  • As students develop more advanced, independent language skills, they transition out of the EAL program, but continue to receive support in mainstream classes, as necessary.
  • Students from Beginner (A1) to Intermediate (B2) level do not take a mainstream Language Arts class, but develop their literacy skills in an English course which is adapted to their needs and designed to enhance their language acquisition.
 
I could meet new friends because I could speak English in this class and I wasn't afraid. I could learn English at my own pace. - Grade 7 Student

EAL is more than an English class: it's the class where you can feel confident. The teacher always helps you stay focused and learn better. I got the help I needed to do social studies, science and math. We work together, discuss and share our opinions. The teacher and my classmates are very friendly. - Grade 8 Student

Mission

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

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.

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.
 
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