Welcome to the English as an Additional Language section
Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about:
- the support for children who do not speak English fluently
- vocabulary that you could practise with your child at home
- useful links for parents.
What is EAL?
English as Additional Language is a type of provision designed to help those of our students who do not speak English as a first language. The Programme helps children and teenagers improve their level of English so that they can communicate freely with peers and teachers as well as access the curriculum. The Programme is coordinated by our EAL Department.
Are parents supported too?
Yes. At the British School Warsaw we pride ourselves in supporting learners to develop their linguistic skills. Many of our students speak two or more languages. We also recognise the important role that parental support plays in the language learning process. The EAL Department organises regular workshops for parents. Details are announced in school newsletters. To access school newsletters click on the link at the bottom of this page.
What if my child does not speak English? Can they join the school?
The school’s policy is to admit all students regardless of their level of English up to year 9. However, if your child joins year 9 with very limited English, they will have to work extra hard in order to meet the entry requirements for year 10. Candidates who wish to join the school in year 10, 11, 12 and 13 will be asked to sit a language proficiency test before being offered a place. To arrange an appointment for the admissions English language test please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A child who joins the school in a Reception – Year 9 class but does not speak English fluently, will be assessed by a specialist teacher. This normally happens within the first two weeks in Year 2 – 9 and within the first month at school in Reception and Year 1. Please note that we can only assess your child if you have completed the Linguistic Background Form and submitted it to the school (this is part of the admissions documentation).
Participating in the ELS Programme helps children develop their English skills and leads to better understanding of other lessons. The length of time that a child spends in English Language Support Programme differs from child to child and is normally around one academic year.
How does English as an Additional Language work?
The level of your child’s English will be assessed by a specialist teacher when the child has joined the school (Reception – Year 9) or as part of the admissions process (Years 10-13). Based on the outcome of this assessment we will put in place a support programme for your child. This may include withdrawal lessons or in-class support. As language learning is a social activity we organise the support in small groups and we do not provide one to one tuition. You will receive information about your child’s progress together with school reports and during parent evenings. You are welcome to contact the ELS Department at any time if you’d like to discuss your child’s progress or have any additional questions about the programme.
Who to contact?
There are five EAL teachers at The British School who deliver the English Language Support:
EYFS and Year 1
Marc Delannoy - Marc.Delannoy@thebritishschool.pl
Aleksandra Firlag - Aleksandra.Firlag@thebritishschool.pl
Monika Boruta - Monika.Boruta@thebritishschool.pl
Key stage 3 and 4
Jean Kingham - Jean.Kingham@thebritishschool.pl
Michelle O'Looney - Michelle.OLooney@thebritishschool.pl