Learning & Support

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The American International School (ΛIS) is an English immersion school committed to preparing students to become multilingual global citizens. Language acquisition in our program, in drawing fully upon the student's home language to support the development of academic English, seeks to respect and preserve each student's culture and traditions.

Our school subscribes to key research-based guiding principles:

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Language acquisition is a by-product of quality content-area instruction.
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Regular formative assessments allow teachers to identify the next steps appropriate to each student’s academic growth as well as to evaluate the overall quality of our academic program.
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We must meet each student at her or his level of proficiency and understanding in a timely, structured, and consistent manner.

We dedicate ourselves to fostering language growth within the classroom setting. Whether the student is fully proficient in English or in the developmental stages, we firmly believe that all our students will learn and progress academically. Our qualified teachers understand that each subject area has its own specialized or content-specific language and work every day to develop that language with all our students. Our immersion program is designed to guide student progress naturally through the English proficiency levels.

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