English Support Programs (EAL Support)

English as an Additional Language Support (EAL) & Accelerated Language Program (ALP)

As part of our personalized learning approach, Stamford provides a range of English as an Additional Language (EAL) support for families looking for high-quality international education with children still developing English language skills. Students benefit from an academically rigorous American standards-based curriculum and inquiry-based learning approach with progressive STEMinn education while being supported to acquire the English language skills they need to succeed. Spaces for students requiring EAL support are limited so that students can practice and improve their language skills with their peers in a rich English-speaking environment in addition to teacher support.

At Stamford, we are an IB World School dedicated to helping every student to follow their path to global destinations. Our experienced faculty nurture students to exceed their growth targets by having the language support to access our curriculum fully, including the International Baccalaureate Programme.

The result from the admissions English assessment will determine if your child would benefit from EAL support and which program would be most beneficial to their learning.

Stamford offers two EAL program options for students:

Mainstream EAL Program (Mild to Moderate Support for Developing Learners)

The Mainstream English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program enables English language learners to develop their language skills in an immersive English environment while benefitting from international IB education. This program is for students who enter Stamford with a medium to a higher level of English proficiency but would still benefit from support. Students will receive support based on their individual language needs. Their homeroom teacher provides support, and depending on the need, EAL specialists will target essential English acquisition skills. The support model for students is balanced to ensure students acquire the necessary language skills while benefiting from an immersive English environment.

Alongside this, daily Spanish and Mandarin classes expand students’ linguistic horizons, preparing them for the global nature of the 21st Century.

Accelerated Language Program (Intensive Support for Beginners)

The Accelerated Language Program (ALP) is for children with little to no English proficiency. The ALP program follows the same curriculum and access to broad IB subjects as our mainstream classes. Students receive intensive support from EAL experts in small groups outside the classroom for multiple weekly periods. The program develops students’ language skills rapidly to access the curriculum fully.

Students are placed in mainstream classes to benefit from working alongside their peers in an English immersive environment for selected subjects and targeted support. The students in the ALP Program typically graduate to our Mainstream EAL Support model within six months. Students will continue to receive language support as needed but spend more time in the mainstream classroom. This program only accepts a few students yearly, so we recommend applying early!

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