English as an Additional Language
Metropole school is a culturally, linguistically and nationally diverse community. It is one of the best things about us! Having students from over 100 countries from a vast array of language groups, we recognize and embrace the fact that not all of our applicants have levels of English that will allow them to access the National Curriculum from day one, and we are here to help. From the moment you enter, we are ready to support those with language needs.
Identification: our admissions team is keen to offer language testing to any student if the parents or students feel there may be a need. Our testing, administered face to face with an EAL specialist, allows us to pinpoint the strengths within English language and also tells us the areas in need of development.
Our Parent Language Representatives speak over 10 languages from Azerbaijanian and Arabic to Polish, Russian and Urdu! The admissions team and our parent relations executive have their contact details at hand so you can easily have a point of contact that speaks your own language to help you settle into our school family.
We also have a Translation Team, made up of teachers and staff within in our school who have volunteered to offer to help with written or oral translations when needed. This is very helpful for parent teacher meetings or helping with students who may have had a bad day and would much prefer to speak about it in their mother tongue.
EAL Parent’s Evening: We will meet you upon enrollment, but we also have a special parent’s evening for EAL families early in the year. You will meet the EAL specialist teachers, we will walk you through our program and what you can expect and answer any questions you may have.
Intensive English Programme: If your child has been identified as needing language support, it will begin during the second week of school. The first week of classes EAL specialists will be taking new referrals, meeting the EAL students under their care and checking in on them throughout the day and starting to gauge the correct starting point for their intensive program. Our intensive program aims to develop basic English vocabulary and increase speaking confidence.
Primary Language Buddies: Beginning in September 2018, returning primary students will have the opportunity to take on a leadership role for the first two weeks of school to help mentor new students in need of language support.
Secondary Language Ambassadors: Students who have worked through our language program and want to lend a helping hand to others have applied to be language ambassadors. These students are “on call” to help when needed. They are often seen helping with primary students in lower grades.
Individualized Language Plans and support: After completing the intensive program, students will be placed on an individualized language plan (ILP). The language targets set on this document are created based on the testing done during the enrollment process. Students will come out of class for language development sessions to work toward these goals. Students will also receive in class support for more linguistically challenging subjects, such as social studies and science.
Lunch Clubs: Navigating a new country, new school and a new language is an overwhelming task for anyone, but especially for children. The EAL classrooms provide a safe space for language learners during lunch breaks. If they need a break from white noise of English language, want some homework help, want a quiet place to eat their lunch or just want to come and say hello they know where to go. Although lunch club starts out as a safe space, later in the year it also provides a place for speaking practice and language based games to take place with peers.
COMING SOON! Mother tongue lunch club: Research shows the importance of maintaining and developing one’s mother tongue. In a school such as ours, it is a need of many. Secondary lunch clubs will be taking on a different form in Sept 2019 to cater to this. Secondary students will be given an opportunity to take a lead on this and help guide the new program.
After School Activities: The EAL department provides language focused ASAs for language learners in our school. These are offered by key stage and focus on different components of language based on the students enrolled.
Mother Tongue ASA: We are currently working on setting up paid ASAs for students across the school to study their mother tongue after school hours. Great interest has been shown by multiple language groups already!
Reports: Throughout the year you will receive EAL reports specifically from our department to inform you on progress your child has made with his or her language skills and what we are seeing during in class support sessions.