EAL, English as an Additional Language
American International School Chennai is proud to host a large population of students from different countries, cultures and language backgrounds. In support of our mission and core values, English Language Learners are served in an inclusive classroom environment. A significant number of students at the school speak a language other than English at home. English language acquisition is supported by the teachers in the EAL Department.
The EAL Department is committed to excellence in delivering services in a nurturing, inclusive environment. Teachers differentiate instruction based on student needs so that students are able to demonstrate mastery of content while gaining English language proficiency. EAL teachers provide support in the development of academic English and scaffold content for students with different language proficiencies while homeroom teachers plan and deliver grade-level content. Together teachers collaborate by co-planning, co-teaching and differentiating so all students can participate and learn.
Our goal is to support students’ development in English for academic and social success while encouraging the continued growth of the home language and maintaining cultural identity. All students are valued as members of our diverse, multilingual learning community..