The overall aims and objectives of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department are to provide teaching, support and opportunities for non-native English speakers of all levels, as well as to develop and improve pupils' English skills from complete beginners to advanced second language pupils.
For beginners (A1-A2), this means ensuring that pupils learn survival English in order to be able to communicate with their teachers, ask questions and understand simple explanations, as well as providing the basic language skills needed to take part in co-curricular activities and to socialise with friends outside of the classroom.
For improvers (B1-B2), this means supporting their language development to the point at which they can participate fully in the school’s academic programme. Pupils are able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through formally assessed oral and written responses, and acquire and use subject-specific terminology correctly.
For more advanced learners (B2-C1) it means ensuring that pupils reach full proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to near-native speaker level. In addition, pupils can apply the more formal language required of academic writing to their work in preparation for the IB Diploma and beyond, and can use subject-specific language concisely, coherently and consistently when producing assessed oral and written responses.