EAL (English as an Additional Language) support is an additional school service provided to enable your children to succeed in the grade-level classroom. EAL teachers closely work with classroom teachers to help children develop English language skills, reading and writing strategies, and cultural awareness which they will need to work successfully with ISG school curriculum.
Please refer to 2016-2017 EAL Department Handbook for more information about EAL support at ISG Jubail, admissions policy, assessments, etc.
ISG District EAL Philosophy Statement
International Schools Group believes that the acquisition of English as an Additional Language (EAL) enables learners to appreciate and participate more fully in our multi-cultural world. ISG will provide English language opportunities for students to learn basic interpersonal communication skills, to develop cognitive academic language proficiency, and to acquire an awareness of cultural diversity. Promoting multilingualism allows students to transcend their cultural boundaries to become global citizens and communicators in today’s changing world.
ISG Jubail Literacy Mission
Literacy is the foundation for academic success in all curricular areas. The critical components of our literacy program are reading, writing, listening and speaking. Administrators, teachers, parents and students will collaborate to create a passionate culture which delivers essential skills and celebrates literacy. Students will engage and participate daily in meaningful classroom activities based on best literacy practices and authentic literature.
We believe data-driven small group instruction, differentiation and teacher modeling are the most effective means of literacy instruction. Our literacy program establishes environment where students become confident and competent readers, writers and communicators.
ISG Jubail EAL Department Philosophy
Our EAL Department helps children with limited English proficiency gain the ability and confidence needed to succeed both socially and academically in an English environment. We recognize that each child’s needs are unique, and therefore it is our responsibility to individualize instruction and help children to function successfully in the mainstream classrooms.
We work with our children to develop both social and academic English language skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. We try to achieve this by utilizing a combination of “push-in” and “pull-out” models in order to meet students’ needs. We also consistently collaborate with classroom teachers to develop effective instructional strategies to help all EAL students succeed.
“Push-in” model is a method in which EAL teachers come into the mainstream classrooms and provide the EAL students with specific targeted instruction in order to meet their needs.
“Pull-out” model is a method in which EAL students are taken out of their classes for some periods a week to receive more intensive EAL instruction in smaller class sizes with students of similar proficiency levels.