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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English Language Acquisition - Classes to learn English

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme at Bonn International School helps students develop the language skills needed to participate in the mainstream classroom. When students join the school, EAL teachers assess students’ needs in order to determine the type and level of support required.

Primary School

EAL pull-out classes are for beginner and some intermediate level students, and they are scheduled during homeroom language time.

  • Emphasis is placed on communicative, task-based activities.
  • Activities encourage oral communication and allow students to gain language skills and confidence.
  • EAL teachers continually monitor students’ progress in consultation with the homeroom teacher.
  • When students are assessed at a "developing" level of English proficiency, they will exit EAL pull-out classes and receive in-class support as needed.

The purpose of EAL in-class support is to help students acquire deeper understandings and master the complexities of "academic" language in the classroom, while allowing opportunity for more peer interaction. This type of support will vary in different classes but will include small group work, shared teaching and/or one-on-one support, using an inquiry-based approach.

Secondary School

For students who are not used to using English as their primary language of learning and/or who are in the process of acquiring academic English, the Secondary School offers an English Language Acquisition programme for students in Grades 6 - 12. 

In Grades 6 through 10 ,students participate in  MYP English Language Acquisition courses as an alternative to MYP English Language and Literature. These courses follow the MYP Language Acquisition Curriculum, which helps students develop their academic English skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Students who are in Grades 6 through 8 who enter with minimal English ability may be placed in a foundational class that meets first period every day in addition to their Language Acquisition course. Both Grade 9 and 10 programmes are designed to ensure that students whose primary language is not English are well prepared to take on the linguistic challenges of the IB Diploma.

Through a pathway from MYP Language Acquisition to DP Language Acquisition, Grade 11 and 12 students in the Diploma Program can take English as their Language B.