English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Taaleem schools offer EAL Programmes. The sole purpose of these programmes is to assist students whose first language is not English.

Our EAL students, who come from many different countries, often have varying levels of English which may be their second or third language.

To most effectively assist these students, they are assessed upon entry into a school and then continually by their teachers as well as by a specialist EAL teacher. They are also monitored in all areas of listening, speaking, writing, reading and social awareness.

After a student has been assessed, the EAL teacher(s) will work with the student, parents, teaching assistants, teachers, curriculum coordinators and administrators to determine an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the student. Parents are consulted and informed of both the type and duration of support offered. The student's progress is regularly reported home via correspondence; in student-led conferences, parent-teacher conferences and regular report cards.

Students are catered for based upon their needs, and offered either in-class or pull-out individual or small group support.

Mother Tongue Maintenance

Some of our schools offer mother tongue maintenance in cooperation with volunteers who teach different mother tongues including Dutch, German, Afrikaans, Swedish and Russian to name a few. These classes are not part of the schools' curricula and vary per school.