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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) Grades 1 to 10

ACS Egham encourages all students to maintain their native language proficiency, as we know it helps their acquisition of additional languages. The school offers a dynamic NLE programme, and the languages offered each year reflect the major nationality groups in the school.

The school financially supports this programme through after-school or elective classes – providing there are sufficient student numbers. Parents of students whose language is not offered in the NLE programme are welcome to contact the NLE Head of Department for a list of recommended private instructors.

IB Diploma Programme – Mother Tongue Support

The school financially supports this programme providing there are sufficient students (2 or more, and with the agreement of the Head of School) for each language. Examples of languages that have been offered include: Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish and Korean.

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