International School Ikast-Brande
English as an additional language
The aim of E.A.L. is to give the learners a solid basis where they can develop their confidence when listening, speaking, reading and writing in English, all the while, continuing to use their home language(s). E.A.L. aims to provide flexible, student - focused programmes that help E.A.L. students equally access mainstream subjects. EAL is offered to students throughout our school.
The majority of our students are multilingual and share a variety of English language levels and proficiencies. Learners with limited English language skills will have the opportunity to build their level of English proficiency within E.A.L. support lessons.
Students are encouraged to take risks, ask questions and not be afraid of making errors. E.A.L. is delivered in a variety of ways such as small group intervention, in-class support and collaborative teaching.
E.A.L. follows the European Framework of Reference for Languages (C.E.F.R.). These are international standards for describing language ability. C.E.F.R. is used around the world to describe learners’ language skills. There are six main levels ranging from A1 – C2. Students document their development and progress in their European Language Portfolio and in their Language Passports. You can see the Global Scale for describing four of the six language levels below:
E.A.L. is focused on A1, A2 and B1 levels. Depending on the students’ levels, they will be working on some basic language skills, mature language skills and/or subject-specific language skills.
Students are assessed in Listening, Reading, Spoken Interaction, Spoken Production and Writing. Assessment will be both formal and informal throughout the course. Learners will complete two formal exams within their E.A.L. course – one on entry and one at the end of the course.
For more information regarding EAL at ISIB, please contact us.