English as an Additional Language (EAL) & English Language Acquisition (ELA) Programme
With over 35 nationalities represented, our international school community is enriched with students who come from diverse cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities who embrace a global focus. With such a diverse student body, SJI International is committed to providing a relevant and authentic curriculum that is accessible to all students and that is aligned with our School’s Mission, Vision, and Values.
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) & Language Acquisition Programme will support all culturally and linguistically diverse English language learners and ensure that we can cater to the needs of these students to access the curriculum and achieve success in their learning journey.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Emerging & Developing English Level Learners Grade 7 to 12
English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Expanding & Bridging English Level Learners Grade 7 to 8
Support students using a combination of both in-class and withdrawal support which will be timetabled. The aim of the Programme is to aid transition by continuously assessing students’ progress in order to move out of the Programme when ready. Depending on the students’ entry level of English, they may remain in the Programme anywhere from 6 months up to a maximum of 2 years.
Please note that in addition, students whose first language is not English, will need to study their first language as they move through school. In addition to the Mother Tongue Language Programme, we offer Chinese and Indonesian as mainstream first languages and many others are offered on the Home Language Programme. Please be aware that if your child does not have a sufficient level of proficiency in their first language then they will not have a pathway through to the IB Diploma Programme. Therefore, a clear language pathway needs to be decided upon admission into SJI International.
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme
The EAL Programme offers specialised, tailored support for students whose English is not their first language and who require additional support in order to access the curriculum and prepare them for the demands of a rigorous academic programme.
The aim of the EAL Programme is for students to transition out of the Programme as they progress through the school. Some students may only require support for one term, and others may need support over a longer period, up to a maximum of 2 years. Students who join SJI International admitted in the EAL Support Programme in Grade 9 and Grade 11 will be required to remain in the Programme for 2 years, the duration of the 2 year IGCSE and IB Diploma respectively.
English Language Acquisition (ELA) Programme
The ELA Programme is designed for those students whose English language proficiency is not up to the required standard required to achieve academic success.
At the point of Admission, standardised assessments are used to determine a students reading comprehension and proficiency and vocabulary knowledge. The outcome of these assessments guide us as to the level of support a student will require in order to successfully transition into first language English.
Develop English language, grammar, vocabulary and written academic skills
Improve speaking, listening, and presentation skills for students to full participate in classes across curriculum
Enhance reading strategies to help students to become independent learners
Ensure learners are able to meet the academic demands of IGCSE and IB Diploma programmes
A number of assessments are used to help identify and track the progress of EAL students. There is the Oxford Placement Test to help identify the general ability range of students. This assessment is linked to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) so that we can best meet the individual needs of students. From this general assessment, further assessments are used to see if they require EAL withdrawal support, and to track their progress once they are enrolled in the programme.