EAL

EAL and English Language Acquisition

Our diverse and multinational demographics of the student body, combined with our commitment to success and academic achievement for all students, has led to the development of a full and comprehensive EAL (English as an Additional Language) programme throughout the Secondary School at BSJ. 

The EAL programme at BSJ has been designed to provide a scaffolded and structured learning experience for students for whom English is not their native language and are in need of support to be able to access the curriculum of the subjects being taught in English. This programme runs throughout Years 7, 8, and 9 and has a three-fold structure.

1. English Language Acquisition

English Language Acquisition is a subject in the MYP that not only teaches the language of English from beginner or “Emergent Communicator” level (Phase 1) up to “Proficient User” (Phases 5&6), but also provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realise that there are diverse ways of living, viewing and behaving in the world, dependent on the language and culture being studied.

The English Language Acquisition classes will run in Years 7, 8, and 9 and will consist of 8 lessons per 2 week cycle and they are timetabled at the same time as English Language & Literature. Students are able to move from English Language Acquisition to Language & Literature when they reach Phase 4 of their development.

2. Reduced Curriculum

Learning a new language is difficult, and being asked to study academic subjects in a language that you are not familiar with is even harder and can cause students a lot of stress. For this reason, and to be able to provide further support for our English Language Learners (ELLs), these students will also be working from a reduced curriculum. 

In Years 7 and 8, Phase 1&2 EAL students will be withdrawn from the following subjects:

  • Individuals & Societies (8 lessons)

  • Design (4 lessons)

  • Languages (5 lessons)
    *EAL students will still attend Bahasa and Indonesian Studies lessons 

In Year 9, Phase 1&2 EAL students will be withdrawn from the following subjects:

  • Arts options (8 lessons)

  • Design (4 lessons)

  • Languages (5 lessons)
    *EAL students will still attend Bahasa and Indonesian Studies lessons

The reduced curriculum is designed to reduce stress on ELLs and promote student well-being. This system also provides the extra time needed in the student’s timetable to focus on the development and progression of their English language proficiency. 

3. EAL Support Lessons

During the time that EAL students are withdrawn from the subjects above, students will receive additional EAL (English as an Additional Language) support classes to further their development and proficiency with the English language. 

Students will receive 17 lessons per 2 week cycle of EAL support. These lessons are designed to accelerate the development of interpersonal communication skills as well as academic language proficiency in both productive (speaking and writing) and receptive (listening and reading) skills in the English language.