English as an Additional Language

EAL stands for English as an Additional Language. You will find that this acronym is currently most commonly used in primary schools and aims to support children who speak a language other than English as their first language. Language is an essential part of identity. For EAL learners to feel confident and have positive self-esteem, they need to feel proud of their bilingual skills and heritage.

As an international school in Bucharest, we offer English as an Additional Language (EAL) support to all pupils whose first language is not English. The assistance we provide is comprehensive and can include sit-in support during lessons, one-to-one support, after-school support and small group work.

We assess all students to determine their level of English. Students identified as needing support will be offered EAL lessons in small groups within the regular student timetable. In-class support is also provided when appropriate.

The EAL Department's primary role is to provide the necessary English support to help students with a low level of English to integrate quickly and easily into an English language environment. The British School in Bucharest has a team of professionally qualified, experienced EAL teachers to ensure that our students receive all the English support they need to enjoy their time with us and achieve highly in their studies and development.

Our focus for young children in need of EAL lessons is on oral skills, including listening and speaking. The primary goal is to help children develop the language and skills needed to build friendships at school and support participation in the mainstream classroom.

Students receive individual subject support as well as assistance with the English language. They are prepared for and have the option of taking the University of Cambridge KET (Key English Test) and PET (Preliminary English Test) examinations at the British Council in Bucharest, which results in a recognised qualification in English. Students generally return to full-time lessons after passing PET, although in-class support continues to be offered when necessary.

We offer support for students throughout the school where it is necessary to access the curriculum. Within Years 12 and 13, this includes lessons to assist with preparation for the IELTS examination, which is required to access higher education.

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