All children who are new to the school are teamed up with a buddy. If the child speaks little or no English, the buddy may be a student who speaks the new student's mother tongue.
If the child needs survival English tuition, we provide it in the first few weeks. At The British School Warsaw, a child who is new to the English language will acquire the necessary survival English within the first two months. During this time, children who need to go through a silent period in the classroom have the opportunity to do so.
Whilst the child is acquiring survival English, the EAL specialist will also be working with the child to develop their understanding of the language necessary to access the curriculum topics being covered in classes.
Language Learning and the Curriculum
The main focus of the EAL support programme is on helping the child to develop the language of the curriculum. The language is taught using the content of the mainstream curriculum. Through this approach, children are learning English and learning through English at the same time.
All teachers are trained in working with EAL children. While the EAL child is gaining control of English, our teachers will support them to understand the curriculum non-verbally, whilst they are also hearing the curriculum being taught in the classroom. This enables them to access some of the curriculum, whilst also learning the language of the curriculum.
Parents are encouraged to stay in regular contact with both their child’s class teacher in primary and their Form Tutor in secondary as well as the EAL specialist as their child settles into our school. This is especially important in the first few months.