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Middle School English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program


 

The American International School Chennai is proud to host a large population of students from different countries, cultures and language backgrounds. A significant number of students at the school speak a language other than English at home. The teachers in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department support English language acquisition.

The EAL Department is committed to excellence in delivering inclusive services to all English Language Learners. EAL teachers provide support to differentiate instruction based on student needs, so that students are able to demonstrate mastery of content. Our goal is to support student development in English for academic and social success while encouraging the continued growth of the home language and maintaining cultural identity. We value all students as members of our diverse, multilingual learning community.

In addition, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes are offered. Eligible students have the option of taking EAP classes in lieu of French and Spanish courses. Upon admission to the school, non-native speakers are administered the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) test in order to assess and monitor English language development. Students are advised to enroll in EAP coursework dependent on their score on the WIDA test.