The EAL (English as Additional Language) department is an open door to the many paths of learning offered at ASW.

English as Additional Language or second language speakers of English are supported through multiple channels. Learners are tested through the WIDA consortium standardize language proficiency test. After their level is determined, learners may be placed in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) class and receive in-class support from EAL teachers.

In-class support can take the form of tools and scaffolds to help bridge the gap between language understanding and accessing the course content. EAL teacher support is available to work as an advocate for English language learners, both working one-on-one to explain language and concepts through language, and with the course teacher to raise awareness for accessing all learners linguistically in the classroom.

EAP courses are offered for middle-school (6-9th grade) and high school (10+) EAL learners. These are structured courses which provide strategies, scaffolds, and general discourse for application in core course subjects. In addition, they establish a foundation for further academic communication and assessment in the IB Diploma program.

EAL in the classroom

Pictured: EAL teacher Mr. Skjold with a student in the Upper School EAL classroom.