The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is available for students who are in need of English support. Teachers assess individual student needs at the beginning of the school year, or on arrival to determine how to best support EAL students. The format of the program is a combination of pull-out and in-class support in primary while only pull-out for secondary students. Parents are informed of both the type and duration of support offered. Progress is regularly reported via home correspondence, in student-led conferences, parent-teacher conferences, and normal semester report cards. Once students reach a 'high-intermediate' level they 'exit' the program. EAL students' progress continues to be monitored, and they can enter and exit the program continuously, as needed.
EAL in primary:
Pull-out: Students are pulled-out of the homeroom class to attend lessons with the EAL teacher on a scheduled basis to target specific language goals at the level of the student. This small-classroom situation provides a safe learning environment for students to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
In-class: The EAL in-class support takes place in the homeroom classes; EAL students are grouped and provided with support. The homeroom teacher and EAL teacher will work actively together to plan and strategize how to best assist and help students during these lessons where students can benefit and have access to the curriculum. We are paralleling the skills and content of the regular classes, but in a modified language that is suited to the individual student’s needs.
EAL in secondary:
Students in the secondary (grades 6-8) will be evaluated against the CAT4 assessment for their ability to read, write, speak and understand the academic curriculum. Based on the determination of the EAL teacher and English subject teachers students will be assigned to English A or B and pull out for EAL classes.
How we evaluate/ assess EAL students?
Formative assessments are evaluations for students understanding along the learning process. Evaluations take format in small ways throughout the given topic such as: quiz, presentation, writing entry and games.
This assessment takes place at the end of each term. Where students are assessed and recorded.