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EAL Program of Study

Key Stage 1 (Ages 5-7):

  1. Oral Language Development:
    • Emphasis on building vocabulary through everyday interactions, songs, rhymes, and storytelling.
    • Opportunities for students to practice speaking and listening skills in pairs, small groups, and whole-class discussions.
  2. Basic Literacy Skills:
    • Introduction to phonics instruction to develop reading and writing skills.
    • Activities focused on letter-sound correspondence, blending, segmenting, and sight word recognition.
  3. Language Structures and Grammar:
    • Introduce simple sentence structures and grammar rules through interactive games, exercises, and visual aids.
    • Practice using basic English grammar in context through speaking and writing activities.
  4. Cultural Awareness:
    • Explore and celebrate cultural diversity through stories, festivals, and traditions from different countries and communities.
    • Foster understanding and respect for students' cultural backgrounds and languages.

Key Stage 2 (Ages 7-11):

  1. Reading Comprehension:
    • Develop comprehension skills through guided reading sessions, focusing on understanding main ideas, inference, and predicting outcomes.
    • Introduce a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to broaden students' reading experiences.
  2. Extended Writing:
    • Provide opportunities for students to write in different genres, such as narratives, descriptions, letters, and reports.
    • Support students in structuring their writing, organizing ideas, and using appropriate language conventions.
  3. Oral Communication:
    • Encourage participation in discussions, debates, and presentations to develop speaking and listening skills.
    • Provide scaffolding and support for students to express themselves confidently in English.
  4. Language Support:
    • Offer targeted language support sessions for students who require additional assistance in specific areas, such as vocabulary development, grammar, or pronunciation.
    • Provide differentiated activities and materials to cater to the varying language proficiency levels within the classroom.
  5. Assessment and Monitoring:
    • Use formative and summative assessments to track students' progress in English language acquisition.
    • Regularly review and adjust teaching strategies and interventions based on students' needs and feedback.
  6. Integration and Inclusion:
    • Promote inclusive practices by integrating EAL students into mainstream classroom activities and fostering peer interaction and collaboration.
    • Provide opportunities for EAL students to showcase their linguistic and cultural backgrounds within the school community.
  7. Parental Engagement:
    • Foster partnerships with parents and caregivers by providing resources, workshops, and guidance on supporting their child's English language development at home.
    • Encourage open communication and collaboration between home and school to ensure continuity of support for EAL students.