English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The NIS EAL Program is underpinned by the belief that a strong proficiency in English is essential to students’ success in both their social and academic lives. The EAL Program recognizes that an EAL leaner is one who has limited or no English language proficiency. The program aims to enable these students to positively engage in classrooms where the medium of instruction is English.
The EAL program endorses the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards, and, with the use of an approved assessment tool, accurately measures support levels. The program seeks to teach EAL learners to:
- use English to communicate effectively in a variety of social settings and in all subject areas.
- integrate confidently into mainstream courses.
- make a successful transition to their chosen post-secondary destination (work, apprenticeship, college, university).
- participate fully in the social, economic, political and cultural life of their communities.
Special Education Needs (SEN) Provision
NIS welcomes students of all abilities. The school has an SEN department to support students who may have special needs at admission at different points in their schooling.
The SEN department responds to students’ individual needs in the following ways:
- Tier 1 is for students who experience a general learning difficulty. The SEN department provides targeted resources and support to the class/homeroom teacher.
- Tier 2 offers extra support in the form of student observation and assessment by the SEN Department. Recommendations may be made to the parents to have the child externally assessed by a KHDA-approved provider. Students identified as Tier 2 may receive in-class support from an SEN teacher.
- Tier 3 is for students who have difficulty coping in a regular mainstream class setting and require one-on-one support from a shadow teacher.
NIS’ SEN Program provides specialist support to students in various ways:
- A “Trial Morning” admissions procedure for KG, giving students a chance to adjust to the school, and for the school to identify any modifications that may be beneficial for them.
- Different levels of support and Individualized Education Plans.
- Accommodation and modifications that are tailored to the student’s individual needs.
- Specialized in-class support.
- A variety of qualitative and quantitative assessment methods to monitor performance and progress.
- Training and support to shadow teachers.
- Regular communication between parents, teachers and the SEN Department.