As part of its dedication to personalised learning, DCIS has a programme just for students taking English as a second language
Enrolling your kiddo in an international school but worried their English proficiency may be a problem, mama? One of the leading inclusive British International Schools in Southeast Asia, Dover Court International School (DCIS), welcomes students who don’t speak English as their first language!
Through DCIS’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, students who do not speak English as their first language can access additional support up to, and including, Year 9. Each student’s English levels are first assessed using the Common European Framework of Reference For Languages (CEFR) so that teachers can best meet their needs. Their level of support needed will then be determined by their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.
How EAL is carried out
That said, students who are part of the EAL programme will not be completely separated from their mainstream classes (so they can stay in class with their friends!). The curriculum at DCIS is already designed to meet the needs of all learners, so EAL students can continue to attend their usual lessons (ensuring maximum exposure to English) with EAL teaching assistants present to offer extra support in the classroom. Separately, EAL students will also receive daily 1.5-hour EAL intervention lessons.
DCIS will conduct regular assessments throughout the year to monitor each EAL student’s progress in English proficiency. Once your child has reached the ideal level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, they’ll be taken out of the EAL programme with continuous monitoring and support. Your kiddos will be speaking and writing English fluently in no time!