Friday / August 17 / 2018

Students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) needs

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is available for students who are in need of English language support.

In Primary, the EAL support is provided via pull-outs or in-class support sessions. These are described below:

Pull-out: Students are pulled-out of the homeroom class to attend lessons with the EAL teacher on a scheduled basis to target specific language goals at the level of the student. This small-classroom situation provides a safe learning environment for students to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

In-class: The EAL in-class support takes place in the homeroom classes; EAL students are grouped and provided with support. The homeroom teacher and EAL teacher will work collaboratively to plan and strategize how to best assist and help students during these lessons.

In Secondary, the EAL support is provided to students from Grades 6-10 via CCAs or in-class support sessions. These are described below:

CCAs: All new students with no English or minimal language skills are catered to via CCAs. This is run over 3 days / week from 2.50 to 3.50 pm. The Head of student support develops the EAL programme and this provision is made for an academic year. The CCAs provide support with Reading, Listening / Speaking and Writing skills for our EAL students.

In-class support: The members of the student support department provide in-class support and work collaboratively with the subject teachers to ensure that all our students perform to their optimum potential.

Since RWA is an IB continuum school, all our staff members are language teachers and trained to cater to a diverse student population.