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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 is outlined below. 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.

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

At present, the formal EAL courses run from Grade 6 to Grade 12. Boarding students may take advantage of EAL tutoring and support in the library during evening study time. 

Grades 1—5 

EAL learners are accommodated within their normal classes, or are given extra help on an individual-needs basis. Students admitted to the EAL programme follow this instead of their Language Other Than English (LOTE) classes. There is an additional annual fee for EAL support in the Primary School. 

Kindergarten 1— Grade 5 

EAL learners are accommodated within their normal classes, or are given extra help on an individual-needs basis during LOTE lesson time.

Grade 6

Applicants may be admitted to the EAL programme if the required level of English is demonstrated.

Grades 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

EAL learners follow EAL lessons in place of LOTE, and, in some cases, may have push-in support in mainstream English lessons. Support is given as well for the humanities and sciences as part of the EAL programme.

Grades 9 and 10

EAL learners follow EAL lessons as English B in place of English A lessons. This English B course prepares students for CIE IGCSE in ESL at the end of Grade 10, and also includes preparation for both of the IB Diploma English courses from Grade 11. Provision is also made for Foundation IB students who join the College in Grade 10.

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 ESL (English as a Second Language), examined at the end of Grade 10, and for the IB Diploma English courses from Grade 11. EAL learners who join the College in Grade 10 follow the one-year FIB English B course in preparation for the IB Diploma English courses from Grade 11.

Grades 11 and 12

EAL learners follow the IB Diploma English B course and can thereby gain a Bilingual Diploma.

Grades 11 and 12

EAL learners follow the IB Diploma English B course and can thereby gain a Bilingual Diploma.