PATHWAYS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
English as an Additional Language (EAL) at Stamford American is available to all students from KG2 to Grade 10 looking to gain confidence in their English language ability, and continues until students can meaningfully and independently participate across all subjects, in English.
Hear from Rena Brown, Director of English as an Additional Language
At Stamford American it’s about paying attention to what the students need at the appropriate time through a coordinated effort. With smaller student-to-teacher ratios and through “purposeful grouping”, students feel like one big family and are actively encouraged to collaborate, ensuring each student has a voice in our diverse and vibrant community.
Why Choose Stamford American's EAL Program?
Unique to Stamford American, EAL students have a ‘shoulder’ partner – where they speak the same mother tongue language, then switch to ‘Face’ partner – where they speak with a different mother tongue students, thereby encouraging them to speak in English. This technique leverages Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS); learning social language from their peers.
In this setting, students are able to gain confidence in coping with the challenges of instruction in their additional language, whilst continuing to benefit both academically, socially and culturally from mainstream immersion.
Pathway to Independence
In addition, we provide each EAL student with tailored support based upon their unique needs academically, socially as well as emotionally. The extent of assistance each child receives initially depends on their level of English competency. At Stamford American we generally deploy a two-tier system, depending on their grade level:
Level A EAL - Entering, Emerging, and Developing (low-mid level) sees students integrated in their homeroom with the exception of 80 minutes of English language instruction.
Level B EAL - Developing, Expanding, and Bridging (mid-high level) involves students being fully integrated in mainstream classes.
Meet the EAL Leadership Team
Director of EAL
“As head of the EAL program at Stamford American, I have focused on supporting English language learners across all grade levels, supporting teachers and designing and implementing our comprehensive EAL programs alongside her team of EAL teachers.
“I previously lived and worked in the U.S., Mexico, Shanghai and Singapore over the past 27 years.”
Middle School EAL HoD
“I’m passionate about supporting language development by promoting home language use through translanguaging opportunities, lowering the affective filter through cooperative learning structures, and strengthening students' literacy skills through guided reading.
“I’m a certified teacher who has taught in the United States, China, Indonesia, and Singapore for over 12 years.”
Elementary EAL HOD
“I teach small-group, supplementary literacy intervention, designed to provide powerful, daily, small-group instruction for EAL students. My belief is that the focus must be on supporting the language learners and making sure our diverse student community is supported and celebrated.
“Prior to moving to Singapore I lived and worked in the U.K.”
Graduation to Independence
Many factors determine the length of time needed in any EAL program. On average, Stamford American finds this is usually takes between 2-4 years for a student to be to be fully independent.
It’s an investment worth making, however. By learning English as an additional language, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their world, inspiring them to create their own unique future.