English as an Additional Language (EAL)
EAL teachers work closely with students whose native language is not English, to support and develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Grades 1 to 8 focus on regularly scheduled, small group sessions, offered in place of some core subjects – usually Modern Foreign Languages. Our aim is for students to reach the proficiency commensurate with their age and grade level. By 8th Grade, students are expected to be at an intermediate level of proficiency.
Grades 9 & 10 require an advanced level of English, as students are expected to take mainstream subjects. Transitional English 9 and 10 courses are available for EAL students with an upper intermediate level of English, to enable them to acquire the language level needed to access the rigorous curriculum of the IBDP or AP programmes.
Grades 11 & 12 students are required to have strong English skills in order to enrol at ACS Cobham. The school offers IB English B for non-native speakers, but all other courses require a very good command of academic English.
Native Language Enrichment (NLE)
Pre-K to 10th Grades
Non-native English-speakers are encouraged to maintain their native language and culture by participating in our NLE programme. This is run by parents and, although it is coordinated by the school, is not part of the school’s formal curriculum.
NLE students must have some communicative competency in the language, however this is left to the discretion of our native language teachers.
Native language classes are held before and after school for a maximum of 1 hour per week. Classes can take place during recess or lunch times – as approved by the division Principal.
A wide variety of languages are offered, and these vary from year-to-year according to the nationalities represented in the student body.