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 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 to support students who are on the EAL register.
Some students, both Primary and Secondary who require intensive EAL, will be withdrawn from Modern Foreign Language lessons in order for them to receive their individual or small group support. The focus is on developing their academic language and skills.
Students on the EAL register are assessed on an ongoing basis, and will exit their support programme when they are able to access the curriculum with confidence.