Children for whom English is not a first language are met by the Head of EAL to determine the child’s English language needs. If it is deemed that the child requires additional support to fully access the curriculum, parents are consulted. The child’s language needs are also conveyed to the relevant teachers so that the child receives the necessary level of support immediately. There is a fee attached to this service. (Please see School Fees for detail information)
All children new to the school are provided with a buddy. If the child speaks little or no English the buddy is carefully chosen, when possible a child who speaks the new child’s mother tongue.
If the child needs survival English, this is provided in the first few weeks – the children who need to go through a silent period in the classroom have the opportunity to do so. At the British School Warsaw, a child who is new to English will acquire the necessary survival English within the first two months.
Whilst the child is acquiring the necessary survival English, the EAL specialist will also be working on the understanding of the language necessary to access the curriculum topics being covered in class.
All teachers are trained in working with EAL children and while the EAL child is gaining control of English, the child will be supported in understanding the curriculum of the classroom non-verbally whilst hearing the language. In this way, the child is able to access some of the curriculum but is also learning the language of the curriculum.
The main focus of the EAL support programme is on helping the child develop the language of the curriculum. The language is taught using the content of the mainstream curriculum. In this way children are learning English and learning through English at the same time. The British School Warsaw is proud of the way the EAL children are able to learn English without interrupting their Education. The length of time it takes a child to acquire sufficient command of English to fully access the curriculum vary however, the British School Warsaw are committed to supporting the child until they are successful in learning through English.
The EAL teacher plans the lessons using the curriculum of the year group. All subject areas that have specific vocabulary and sentence structure that the children need to learn are taught in the EAL lessons. This is sometimes pre-taught before the teachers cover the topic and sometimes as revision when the teachers introduce the lesson and the EAL teachers provides the practice opportunity.
Parents are encouraged to stay in regular contact with both the class teacher in Primary and the Form Tutor in Secondary as well as the EAL specialist as the children settle into their new school. This is especially important in the first few months.
WHO TO CONTACT?
There are five EAL teachers at The British School Warsaw 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