English Additional Language Programme

The EAL programme is one of the unique set of programs that GCS offers to the early, primary and middle year’s students.

It is a very important part of the educational needs of our international students whether it is at GCS or in the region as a whole.

The key focus; is to assist our students in becoming proficient in English, in order to achieve the expected learning outcomes of our GCS curriculum but also to develop intellectually as global citizens of this world.

EAL Mission

EAL’s mission at GCS is to help children learn English during school time in the most supportive environment.

EAL Information for Parents

Here are important things to know as a parent when in comes to your child and EAL . GCS EAL Info for Parents.pdf

Our Teachers’ Role

Our teacher’s main role is to help children with little or no English feel safe and secure in the classroom and the whole school by teaching them Basic English vocabulary and sentences and building on initial “survival English” that they can use in all required areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Means and Tools Used

Most children in PYP EAL programme are taught 3 to 4 time per week for a 40 minutes lesson

Children are taught in small groups to encourage social as well as formal language acquisition

Every child’s particular need is assessed and each programme is written and thought with these needs in mind.

The EAL teacher works closely with the classroom teacher to help children with their “class” work.

Stages of EAL

Stage 1: Beginning

Stage2: Developing

Stage 3: Mastering

The program is structured in such a way that skills are built on progressively. The children are assessed regularly to determine their level and needs.

Things to Know:

Our Beginners in EAL: Some children will go through a silent period while adjusting, some will mix their mother tongue language with the English they have learned, at timed some features from their own language will appear in the English usage. Children will behave differently during the adjustment period some are withdrawn, others feel sick, others may cry. THIS IS COMPLETELY NORMAL!!

Bilingual Children what the Research tells us: Children can take up to 2 Years to develop their “basic interpersonal communication skills”. It will take 5 to 7 years to acquire the full range of literacy skills. A silent, receptive, period is natural in the learning process of a second language. THIS IS NOT A SIGN OF LEARNING DIFFICULTIES!!. A mother’s tongue is a valuable channel to support learning and not a hindrance. Multilingualism has to be valued and can be educationally enriching and has a positive impact on intellectual performance

Advice to Parents of EAL Students:

Make your child feel secure and happy in his environment, speak your home or mother tongue with him and use every occasion to develop it, talk to him about school and its importance, provide your child (if he is above grade 5) with an English/Home Language Dictionary. Read to him regularly. When he starts to read at school, hear him read every day and talk about the story in your mother tongue and fill in any gaps he failed to understand. Your child needs to sleep early and start fresh. Try to make contact with parents of other children at GCS and encourage encounters between the children after school.