Students who are in grades 6 – 10 who need academic English language support may be placed in the Preparatory Course for Secondary School (PCS) program or the Level B EAL program depending upon the outcome of the English assessment test at the point of admission and interview with an English Language Acquisition expert. This holistic process ensures that students are placed in the appropriate course in order to maximize learning in an international school context.
PCS is an intensive 20-week program where students will learn how to fully engage with an IB MYP style curriculum in Math, Science, English Literature, Language Acquisition, Humanities and Physical Health Education (PHE), while improving their fundamental English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our highly skilled faculty are at the forefront of English language acquisition pedagogy and social-emotional learning.
At Stamford American, we proudly embrace diversity, and imagine a world where every child has an equal chance to learn and thrive. This thinking underpins our Foundational Academic English Program, designed for those in need of supplementary English Language tuition. This unique program prepares highly motivated students from Grade 6 to 10 for entrance to our Preparatory Course for Secondary School (PCS) and for our world-renowned academic pathways. Through an intensive 10-week program delivered by our highly skilled PCS faculty, students will strengthen their foundation in academic English, form an understanding of IB teaching and learning methodology, and be well-poised for success at Stamford American International School and beyond.
We offer EAL Level B for Grade 6 to Grade 8 students. Our EAL Level B program provides full day immersion in subject classes, with a great teacher-to-student ratio for personalized support. EAL students receive English language support every day for 80 minutes in our IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Language Acquisition – English class (phases 3-5) and our English Skills Development class which focuses on building students’ foundational English skills. EAL students also have the opportunity to attend an after school session for additional English language support. Internal and external language assessments, including iTEP SLATE Plus, STAMP and MAP given twice per year, ensure continuous progress monitoring and support for students’ language development. In addition, we offer MYP Language and Literature classes specifically designed for Mandarin and Spanish speakers once per week.
Our EAL Level B program for Grade 9 to Grade 10 offers a comprehensive language acquisition program to support students in developing their English proficiency. Students benefit from full day immersion in subject classes, where they are exposed to English language in various contexts, and receive instruction and resources that facilitate practical language-embedded experiences. Our program follows the MYP Language Acquisition curriculum with multiple phases, allowing students to progress at their own pace and build language skills progressively. In addition to our MYP Language Acquisition classes, EAL students will also attend our English Language Development class. This class provides responsive and individualized English language support based on the needs of each student.
As part of our commitment to student success, we conduct internal and external language assessments, including the iTEP SLATE Plus, which is given twice per year to track students’ progress and provide targeted support. Additionally, we offer after-school EAL sessions twice a week to further support students’ language development. Our multimodal instruction and resources provide students with engaging and interactive learning experiences, helping them to develop their language skills in a meaningful way.
At Stamford American International School, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere for all of our students. Our language programs are specifically designed to aid learners of all abilities in cultivating robust language skills and attaining academic excellence. We warmly invite you to speak with us and discover more about our language programs and how they can enrich your child’s educational voyage.