AIS welcomes students whose mother tongue is not English.
Our academically robust, comprehensive and high level English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is tailored and resourced to provide optimal conditions for the academic and personal success of students.
The program aims:
1. To provide immediate, short term acquisition of sufficient English to ensure a seamless integration into both academic and social school life
2. To strategically assist students to acquire a developed English proficiency to ensure success in the mainstream classroom without EAL support
At AIS, language support is available to all students for whom English is not a first Language from Prep onwards, in a number of forms, dependent on the level of support required
For secondary students, EAL is at the heart of our International Student University Preparation Program, preparing students for study at a university of their choice.
AIS is proud to host students from over 50 countries as we embrace and celebrate our internationalism.
Dedicated EAL specialists
At AIS, the EAL program is delivered by specialist language teachers with specific pedagogical experience, either Elementary or Secondary.
In order to maximise the benefits and outcomes of the program and to ensure EAL and language acquisition is a whole school focus at AIS, all staff are exposed professionally to the theory and pedagogy of English language teaching.
Elementary School EAL - building the foundations for success
Elementary students (Prep - Year 5) are assessed during the enrolment process and placed in either the EAL English Mainstream Course (EAL) or the Intensive Language Course (ILC) which provides a higher level of support.
The EAL program is structured to meet the academic needs of students at various stages in the language acquisition process. Emphasis is placed upon improving the students' ability in all four macro skills that are needed for successful participation in mainstream programs. The support also aims to offer assistance with projects, homework tasks and other mainstream areas such as the PYP Units of Inquiry.
The Intensive Language Course (ILC) comprises placement in a mainstream class and withdrawal as appropriate to receive dedicated language tuition classes in the relevant year group. Support may also be provided within the mainstream classroom. New arrivals with very limited English receive additional specialised instruction three times weekly.
The Elementary School EAL & ILC programs offer nurturing, small group environments in which students are able to gain confidence in coping with the challenges of instruction in their additional language whilst continuing to benefit both academically and socially from mainstream immersion.
Secondary School EAL - preparation for achievement in the IGCSE, IBDP & HSC
EAL for secondary students creates the best possible conditions for success in either the Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
From Years 6 – 10, students undertake either the EAL English Mainstream Course (EAL) or the more intensive Partial Mainstream Course (PMC).
The EAL English Mainstream Course is structured to meet the academic needs of students at more advanced stages in the language acquisition process. Emphasis is placed upon improving the students' ability in all four macro skills that are needed for successful participation in mainstream Secondary programs.
The comprehensive PMC program allows students with very limited English skills to participate in classes with dedicated specialist EAL teachers, providing full curriculum with mainstream immersion and intense English language progression.
For Years 11 & 12, students are offered EAL Support classes to assist as required with mainstream assessment and classroom tasks.
EAL, combined with dedicated Academic and University Counseling, creates conditions for secondary students to achieve the highest possible tertiary entry score for study at a university of their choice.
We greatly look forward to welcoming your child into our international community of students from over 50 countries.