English as an Additional Language

The British International School of New York is truly an international school, and as such we have many students for whom English is not their first language.

For students who need support in learning content in the English language, we offer an English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme to ensure that before too long, all students can fully access our curriculum and integrate both socially and academically. In collaboration with class teachers, the EAL teacher supports students through small group pull-out lessons in place of their modern language lessons in French or Spanish, as well as with in-class support.

During pull-out EAL classes, students in Reception (Pre-K) through Year 9 (8th Grade) receive small group lessons that are designed to accommodate each student’s individual language needs within the context of each class unit and area of study.  We focus on supporting the development of language learners’ vocabulary and grammar, as well as the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Student learning is scaffolded with the use of visual and practical aids, dramatization, graphic organizers, and hands-on demonstrations in order to provide a more concrete context for understanding.