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English as an Additional Language

meaningful, relevant and responsive to YOUR CHILD'S needs

At ISZL, English as an Additional Language (EAL) support means extra English language support for students in Kindergarten to Grade 10 who come from non-English speaking backgrounds or have been educated in a language other than English. EAL students thrive in our supportive environment where learning is meaningful, relevant and responsive to their needs. We are proud to have a dedicated team of specialist EAL teachers who are at the forefront of international discussion on best practice for EAL students.

New students wanting to join Grade 8 -12 who come from non-English speaking backgrounds or have been educated in a language other than English are asked to demonstrate their level of English language proficiency in order to meet the English language requirements for each grade.

At ISZL, our specialist EAL team consistently and carefully monitors EAL student's progress. Students who are new to the English language typically receive support for three to four years.

For more information about ISZL’s EAL Language Requirements and the assessment procedure for new students, please contact Admissions.

Programme Overview

Primary School

In the Primary School, EAL students can receive English support from an EAL teacher in their classes (referred to as push-in support) and/or in the form of extra English lessons (referred to as pull-out support).

Middle School

In the Middle School, students who need extra English support take an EAL course as one or both of their Language Acquisition options and receive support from an EAL teacher in some of their other subject courses.

High School

In the High School, EAL students who need extra English support to meet the academic English demands of the MYP curriculum, will take an EAL course as one of their Language Acquisition options, have extra support by being placed in a differentiated English Language and Literature course, and receive in-class support.


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