English as an Additional Language (EAL) at an International School in Bucharest
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.
At the British School of Bucharest, 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. We have a team of professionally qualified, experienced EAL teachers to ensure that our students receive all the English support they need to enable them to enjoy their time with us and achieve highly in their studies and development.
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 normal student timetable. In-class support is also provided when appropriate.
EAL at Key Stage 1 and 2 (age 5 to 11)
The focus for these children is oral skills of listening and speaking. This helps them understand what is happening in the classroom and to form friendships with other students.
EAL at Key Stage 3 and above (age 11 to 18)
Students receive individual subject support as well as assistance with 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 result 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 timetabled 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 for access to higher education in several instances.