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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

While respect for cultural diversity lies at the very heart of the mission of UWCSEA, our main working language is English, and each student needs to become a proficient user of English in order to access much of the curriculum.

Teachers across the curriculum work to support acquisition of English, as the language of instruction. There is also a comprehensive EAL programme to support learners who have had less exposure to English, or who speak English as a second, third or even fourth language. 

Dover Campus

East Campus

Students are admitted after English assessments, and limited places are available.

The current EAL provision of formal courses from Grade 1 to Grade 12 is outlined below.

Students are admitted after English assessments, and limited places are available.

At present, the formal EAL courses run from Grade 6 to Grade 12. 

Kindergarten 1 and 2 

EAL learners are accommodated within their normal classes. 

Grades 1—5 

EAL learners follow an EAL course in place of Language other than English (LOTE) lessons. These small group lessons are provided at an additional charge, and students accepted to the EAL programme are assessed to ascertain their current level of English.

 

Kindergarten 1— Grade 5 

EAL learners are accommodated within their normal classes. 

Limited support is available for EAL learners; if places are available, students are accommodated within normal classes or given extra help on an individual-needs basis.

Grades 6, 7 and 8

EAL learners follow EAL lessons in place of English lessons, and, in some cases, may also follow Extra English lessons in place of LOTE lessons.

Grades 6, 7 and 8

In place of an additional language, EAL learners follow EAL lessons in addition to studying mainstream English lessons.

 

Grades 9 and 10 and FIB (Foundation IB)

EAL learners follow EAL lessons in place of English lessons. This course prepares students for an IGCSE examination in English as a Second Language at the end of Grade 10, and also includes preparation for both of the IB Diploma English courses (English A or B, depending on the student’s level of attainment) from Grade 11.

Provision is also made for Foundation IB students who join the College in Grade 10, supporting students to join either English A or English B courses in the IBDP.

Applicants to either campus need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to pursue their studies in all subjects.  They are tested in English and any other language(s) suitable for the 'Language A' group 1 option in the IB Diploma.

Grades 9, 10 and FIB (Foundation IB)

Grade 9 EAL learners follow ‘English B’ in place of ‘English A’ lessons. This two-year course prepares students for IGCSE in English as a Second Language, examined at the end of Grade 10, and for the IBDP English courses (English A or B, depending on the student’s level of attainment) from Grade 11.

EAL learners who join the College for the Grade 10 Foundation IB (FIB) course follow an FIB English B course in preparation for the IBDP English courses from Grade 11.

Applicants to either campus need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to pursue their studies in all subjects.  They are tested in English and any other language(s) suitable for the 'Language A' group 1 option in the IB Diploma.

Grades 11 entry

EAL learners follow the IBDP English B Group 2 course—and can thereby gain a bilingual diploma.

Applicants to either campus need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to pursue their studies in all subjects.  They are tested in English and any other language(s) suitable for the 'Language A' group 1 option in the IB Diploma.

In addition to these courses, there is some provision, based on needs, for extra, individual EAL support and for EAL teachers to work in classes with EAL learners in other areas of the curriculum.

Grades 11 entry

EAL learners follow the IBDP English B Group 2 course—and can thereby gain a bilingual diploma.

Applicants to either campus need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to pursue their studies in all subjects.  They are tested in English and any other language(s) suitable for the 'Language A' group 1 option in the IB Diploma.