English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The objective of the EAL program is to enable the inclusion of the EAL students in the mainstream class.
We are proud of the quality of EAL support we provide to our students. Although students are required to have a certain level of English proficiency according to the year level they are applying to enter, we work with our EAL team in cooperation with the homeroom teachers to enable the EAL students’ transition into the mainstream class.
We adapt ‘ESL in the Mainstream’ in our curriculum and track student progress with our EAL Scope and Scales, starting from the date they are screened for admissions purposes till they are included in the mainstream class.
There are mainly two types of EAL support provided at HJIS:
- Pull Out Support
Pull-out support is for students who feel more comfortable receiving instruction at their level of proficiency. They are withdrawn from their English Language Arts classes all or part of the week by an EAL teacher and English is taught at a lower level until they gain confidence in entering the regular classes.
- In Class Support
In class support is provided to students who feel comfortable being instructed at the school level, but need assistance in accomplishing tasks assigned during English Language Arts classes. The EAL teacher spends time inside the classroom with those students and they work together on the language activities so that the student is supported to become an independent learner.
Japanese as an Additional Language (JAL)
The objective of the JAL program is to enable the inclusion of students in Kokugo classes. With JAL, students are either provided with lower level tasks, or provided in class support with an assistant teacher, or pulled out of the classroom so that their needs are catered for.