English Support Programs (EAL Support)

English as an Additional Language (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 who are still developing English language skills. Students benefit from an academically rigorous standards-based curriculum, 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 help every student to follow their path, 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 and which program would be most beneficial to their learning.

Stamford offers two EAL programs for students:

Mainstream EAL Program

The Mainstream English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program enables English language learners to develop their language skills in an immersive English environment. This program is designed 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. Support is provided by their homeroom teacher and, depending on need, EAL teachers may assist in key class sessions or work with students in small groups to develop literacy skills outside of the mainstream class. 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

The Accelerated Language Program (ALP) is for children who have little to no proficiency in the English language. The ALP program follows the same curriculum as the mainstream classes, but students receive intensive support from EAL experts in small groups outside of the classroom for multiple periods during the week. The program allows students to more rapidly develop the target language skills to fully access the curriculum.

Students are placed in mainstream classes to benefit from working alongside their peers in an English immersive environment for selected subjects in addition to the target support. The students in the ALP Program typically graduate to our Mainstream EAL Support model within one academic year. Students will continue to receive support as needed but spend more time in the mainstream classroom. This program only accepts a small number of students each year, so we recommend applying early!

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