OIS is committed to helping pupils whose first language is not English, to enable them to make the most of their time at school, both inside and outside the classroom. Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme allows students to rigorously acquire the skills they require to communicate effectively in English.
EAL students from Year 1 are grouped according to their age and language ability and normally have two EAL lessons per week, usually in small groups. Care is taken to ensure that they do not miss out on core subjects and parents are kept informed of progress throughout the year.
The aim of these lessons is for students to develop their reading, writing, listening, speaking and study skills to levels which enable them to communicate more confidently, participate fully in class and succeed within the mainstream curriculum.
Within the classroom, EAL students are catered for by our experienced and talented teachers through careful and meticulous planning. A variety of resources and approaches are used including: collaborative learning, language buddies, translated work, visual aids, artefacts, etc. Support is also given for homework and class assessments across the different subject areas (specifically for history, science and geography – the most language-based subjects) along with assistance in preparation for tests and examinations.
We are also able to support children who are younger than Year 1 in English Language development, but this is done within the classroom environment by our experienced Early Years practitioners.
We are always hugely impressed with the outstanding improvement our children make in a short time.