English as an Additional Language (EAL)

 

Here at ISB we are committed to helping pupils whose mother tongue is not English to achieve the highest possible standards and to meet their full potential.
We welcome and value the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences that pupils with English as an Additional Language bring to our school.
Our goal is to help EAL pupils to become confident and fluent in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English in order to be able to fulfill their academic potential.
Assessment tasks are undertaken which test a pupil’s proficiency across the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and allow for a profile of the child’s initial proficiency and progress to be developed. Both the language support teacher and mainstream teacher update assessment profiles throughout each term to give an overview of each child’s progress. Depending on the pupil’s proficiency in English, he or she will avail of one to one/small group lessons with the language support teacher, support in the mainstream classroom from teaching assistants or the language support teacher, or a combination of both.
We encourage and enable parental support in improving children’s attainment.
Working with your child on homework tasks, communicating with the EAL teacher and mainstream teacher, encouraging your child to speak English where possible are all valuable ways to promote your child’s English language proficiency so that he or she can gradually gain access to the curriculum, ultimately achieving the same educational opportunities as English-speaking peers.