The EAL Programme

At ISH we attempt to ensure that, as far as is possible, all children make the greatest progress in developing their academic skills, abilities and other talents.

We believe that any special needs, abilities or talents should be identified as early as possible, and provision for them developed, as far as is practicable, during the child’s stay at the school.

The Student Support Department’s aim is to ensure that provision is in place for every student in the school that needs it.

The English as an Additional Language Programme

The EAL Programme assists students whose first language is not English, to become competent enough in English to participate fully in the social and academic life of the school, and beyond.

The EAL programme attempts to accommodate the EAL needs of students within Lower and Secondary School Sections, preparing them for the IGCSE EAL exam in Grade 10, and continuing the language support, if necessary, throughout Grades 11 and 12 in the IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma) and ISH Graduation Diploma English A1/A2 programme.

The EAL support programme is designed to equip students with the necessary tools to access the curriculum in all subjects and provides both pull-out and in-class support for the teaching of English through subject contents, rather than an isolated English language course.

EAL students are “pulled” out of the mainstream classroom – into the distinct, leveled groupings within the EAL Programme. Students also receive in-class language support from EAL teaching staff, supporting language and subject knowledge acquisition and development in all academic subjects.

All students enrolling whose first language is not English, and who are not able to demonstrate the level of achievement on the ISH English Language Admission Test, to be accepted into mainstream classes are further screened and re-evaluated by the EAL teachers in order to determine the extent of their ability to communicate in English. The testing and screening results not only assist in determining the student’s grade level placement and EAL designation or otherwise, but also assist all teachers to get as clear a picture as possible of how to best support the student’s learning at an early stage.