English as an Additional Language Programme
The EAL programme is designed to provide students with reading, writing, comprehension, speaking skills in order to become confident English learners both academically and socially. Primary EAL students in Grades 2-5 work in a small group with the Primary EAL Teacher. Secondary EAL students in Grades 6-9 work with the Secondary EAL Teacher/ Language Acquisition Teacher.
Students enrolled in the EAL programme study English intensively and may refrain from studying Italian or other languages during the time they are in the programme. The specifically trained teachers in the EAL programme confer regularly with homeroom teachers and with parents to discuss students’ progress. EAL teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to ensure that the individual needs of students are met. During the first six weeks of school, benchmarks are set which define grade level goals and a timeline for predicted entrance to the regular school programme.
When deemed as necessary, students in Grade 1 are tested and receive support with an EAL specialist in language periods. At the end of the school year, an evaluation is completed to decide if the Grade 1 students will continue in the regular academic programme or enter into the EAL programme full time.
EAL students in Grades 2-5 and 6-9 are charged a different tuition fee.