English as an Additional Language
English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils are those who have language backgrounds other than English and who are learners of English as their second or as an additional language at school.
- Pupils who have had experienced minimal exposure to English language or those pupils who have had several years’ previous experience of English language tuition.
- Pupils who were born overseas to parents, at least one of whom has a language background other than English.
- Pupils who no longer have proficiency in their native language and so cannot continue their education in their own native schooling.
- Pupils who previously have had a disrupted education or have had to move schools frequently.
Language learning is differentiated to meet the language needs of the pupil. Mount Kelly School provides EAL support to all pupils in the Preschool and Prep School. The English as an Additional Language syllabus addresses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as social and cultural understanding. English is the language of instruction in all classes in the school.
Occasionally, English is the home language – both parents use it as their means of communication amongst the family. However, it is not their mother tongue and is not used with the accuracy or fluency of a native speaker.
Our EAL pupils are in the process of becoming bilingual or multilingual users of English. Bilingual and multilingual pupils are celebrated and encouraged at Mount Kelly School Hong Kong.
Mount Kelly School provides EAL teaching from Nursery through Year 8 for those pupils whose mother tongue is not English, both by supporting pupils in class and offering additional EAL classes.
The EAL curriculum at Mount Kelly includes:
- Individually tailored pupil EAL strategies, assessment and support by every teacher in all curriculum areas.
- Dedicated EAL teachers will support pupils both during the school day and during ‘Prep’ (after lessons) for all pupils assessed as EAL, in class and also in specific EAL classes.
- Regular reporting and communication with parents regarding EAL support and pupil progress.
- Ongoing Professional Development of all teachers in support of EAL pupils.