The primary EAL (English as an Additional Language) department uses a range of assessments to determine placement in and exit from the EAL programme. Students placed in the EAL programme receive support from the EAL teacher in the homeroom classes on a regular basis. In P3 and P4, EAL students who would benefit from additional support, attend EAL classes during the foreign language class time. From P5 to P8, EAL students attend three classes per week outside the homeroom where they are provided with English language instruction instead of attending a foreign language class.
The EAL teacher works closely with the homeroom teachers to plan the units of inquiry. In-class language support ensures that EAL students have equal access to the curriculum and are active participants in the homeroom class. During the EAL classes, language is taught in the meaningful context of the PYP units of inquiry to reinforce knowledge and skills required for the homeroom programme.
The homeroom and EAL teachers assess students individually on an ongoing basis using a variety of assessment tools and strategies. Students exit the EAL program when they have reached a level of English language proficiency that allows them to access all areas of the curriculum without EAL support. This can occur at any time throughout the year.