English as an Additional Language
Students who arrive at ICS with limited English skills are supported by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme.
The EAL programme provides a caring, flexible and supportive environment to help students integrate socially and become successful academically.
EAL support is provided to help your child succeed in the mainstream classroom. EAL teachers and assistants help your child develop the language skills, learning strategies and cultural awareness needed to be successful at ICS.
When we came to ICS our daughter couldn’t say anything in English, but because they were in small classes (and with) extra help from the teacher, after half a year she was fully integrated into the school. Jimmy W, ICS Parent
EAL in the Primary School
The Primary School EAL department aims to meet the specific needs of students for whom English is a second or additional language.
In addition to promoting cognitive growth, language is an important factor in maintaining a student's cultural identify and in developing inter-cultural understanding. English is the language of instruction at ICS, and therefore developing skills in English takes particular priority in our language programme. Upon joining ICS, students who are non-native English speakers are assessed by an EAL specialist who both determines their specific needs and designs a programme of support. Understanding that language acquisition is a developmental process that takes place over a number of years, we strive to provide a customized support programme that may include both in-class assistance and small group lessons outside of the regular classroom as needed.
The EAL curriculum focuses on the development of oral communication (both listening and speaking), as well as reading and writing skills in English. Students learn both social and academic language in these lessons, allowing them to interact socially with peers and be successful in their classes.
EAL in the Secondary School
EAL specialist teachers assess new students’ English language skills in order to decide on an appropriate level of support. The support options are as follows:
- classes in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
- sheltered Humanities classes
- sheltered English classes; and
- in-class support in certain subjects such as Science.
EAL students are encouraged to show their knowledge and understanding in mainstream subjects by completing modified activities and assessments while still developing their academic language skills. This may include them carrying out adjusted tasks, or being given extra time or individual support.