The English as an Additional Language (EAL) department at KIS supports students, for whom English is not a mother tongue, in becoming proficient English language users in order to achieve academic success across all areas of the curriculum. At KIS, new students are assessed and may be placed on the EAL register if it is thought that they would benefit from EAL support. The EAL department uses a system of assessment scales which help us to accurately identify a student’s level of English proficiency and to tailor support accordingly. The main objective of EAL support is to enable learners to participate in mainstream lessons with their peers.
The method of support that we adopt at KIS focuses primarily on supporting students in mainstream classrooms and helping them to participate in lessons with other students. This approach involves collaboration between the mainstream English teacher and the EAL teacher so that the programme of study is adjusted to meet the needs of the EAL learners. The EAL teacher may come into class for some or all of the English lessons and work with the students on the EAL register.
However, in some cases, extra, intensive EAL work involving withdrawal from some lessons may form part of the support package. In Primary, students who are considered beginners are usually withdrawn for some intensive English work, and similarly, some of the students on the EAL register in Secondary may be withdrawn from their modern foreign language classes in order to receive intensive EAL work in a small group, focusing on academic language and skills that will support their learning in other subject areas.
Students on the EAL register are assessed on an ongoing basis, and when the students reach a level of English proficiency whereby they no longer need extra EAL support they then exit the programme.