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At the Australian School of Abu Dhabi all students are important, and this applies to all aspects of their education – their teaching and learning, their achievements, their attitudes and their well-being. The EAL Department encourages students to aim for the highest possible standards, and takes account of each student's individual needs and experiences.

EAL Admittance Procedures

For a student to be identified as an EAL student, the following procedures and criteria will be followed:

1. Based on the initial assessment that will be made by the English Language teacher, which includes questions that measure reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, students will be placed in EAL:

  • If the child does not speak English;
  • If the child speaks some English, but the level of understanding is far below the age level norm;
  • If the child’s oral communication skills are satisfactory, but the reading scores are two levels below the lowest reading level in the assigned class;
  • If the student indicates a reading level equal to the lowest reading level in the assigned class, but the writing samples indicate a severe lack of language usage, conventions, and structure for the class level.

2. The student has been assigned a class and after some time, there are still concerns by the English Language teacher. When this happens, the EAL teacher will retest the student to determine whether the student has been placed in error.

Programme Service Model

In the PYP, students who have been identified as EAL students receive specialized language instruction in pull-out classes from qualified EAL Specialists 3 times per week on a regular basis.

In the MYP, EAL students receive specialized language instruction through the regular classroom environment. Reading and writing become more pronounced, the levels of knowledge and abilities will become much broader and the weaker English students will need more of a support with the academic language. Students in the MYP who have been identified as EAL students receive 3 periods in class support on a weekly basis.

Exit Criteria

A student is removed from the EAL program when either the EAL support teacher or the English teacher feels, based on the day-to-day assessments and observations, that a student is capable of joining the class without support. The student should exhibit the following in order for this decision to take place:

  • When the reading, writing and speaking level rises to that of the standard of the lowest reading group in the class;
  • When both the EAL teacher and the English teacher feel that the written language is of a satisfactory level;

In this case, the EAL teacher will contact the Administration and set up a meeting to discuss the progress of the student, providing data to support the progress in all areas, but particularly in reading and writing. One of two courses of action will be adopted based on the decision made;

  • If the academic team decides that the student is ready to exit EAL support, the parents will be met and the progress will be explained and the parents will be informed of the change;
  • If the academic team decides that the student needs further support, the student will remain in the EAL support group until it is deemed necessary to discuss the student case again. This decision may arise from a variety of factors, such as;
    • No English is used at home
    • Parents cannot offer any home support
    • Students have a history of missing a lot of school