Learning English at ISP

At the International School of Paris, we are proud to welcome students from around the world, and ISP actively encourages applicants from a variety of educational, linguistic, cultural and learning backgrounds. Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) department provides specialized support for students who are beginners in English, and this support is included in the annual tuition fees. Fluency in English is not a criterion for entry at ISP, with the exception of candidates applying for Grades 10, 11 or 12, in which case a working academic proficiency in English is required.

Specialized EAL support is provided for students in Nursery through Grade 9. For information regarding Grade 10, 11 or 12 applicants whose English level is still at a beginner level, please contact our admissions office directly.

Both our Primary and Secondary School have a specific English as an Additional Language (EAL) department, which is part of our student services team.

EAL Support at the Primary School

The Primary School English as an Additional Language (EAL) department:

  • supports students' integration into an English-speaking environment so that they feel comfortable at our school;
  • enables students to access all curriculum areas;
  • helps students develop confidence, skills and knowledge.

EAL students attend most classes with their peers; this is a 'push-in', immersion approach and helps to facilitate their social and emotional transition to the school, as well as their language learning. EAL teachers work alongside class teachers to plan, teach and assess students’ understanding of our curriculum, which may include small group assistance in class or outside of class. In addition, EAL teachers teach students fundamental English skills in differentiated language lessons.

EAL Support at the Secondary School

The Secondary School English as an Additional Language (EAL) department:

  • aims to develop language learning strategies as well as provide exposure to English;
  • focuses on the five skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, visual interpretation and writing.

Students will:

  • encounter different forms and register of the language through written and visual texts;
  • learn how to interact in a number of formal and informal situations;
  • give presentations and participate in discussions on a variety of subjects;
  • learn how to use reference tools and technology;
  • receive a vocabulary book to assist in their acquisition of academic English across the subject areas.

In addition to specialized EAL lessons, students will attend regular class lessons with differentiated materials and additional teacher support. In class they will be exposed to academic language and higher level concepts which will challenge their thinking skills and improve their vocabulary.

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