One of ZIS' greatest strengths is our tremendous cultural diversity. Over 50 nationalities are represented on our campuses and a host of different languages are spoken. This makes for a diverse, vibrant and exciting environment in which our children can grow and develop.
Our EAL program is designed to provide academic and social support for non-native speakers of English. The program's primary purpose is to ensure that our students become proficient in English and achieve academic success. Language skills and strategies are integrated with grade level content area and subject matter whenever possible.
The diverse linguistic and rich cultural backgrounds brought to our school by the non-native English speakers enrich the learning opportunities for all students. Parents are strongly encouraged to help their children maintain and develop their mother tongues.
Students who are beginning learners of English receive support in order to:
- Learn basic survival English
- Become oriented into a new school culture
- Alleviate anxiety and frustration
- Develop confidence and independence
- Progress from basic survival English to more complex forms of academic language
Lower School beginners are supported by the Student Support Team in the classroom.
Students in Grade 8 to 10 can take EAL as an alternate to English or as an elective that supports their English courses. New to ZIS Middle and Upper School students who have not had English as their language for instruction for the previous three years take English proficiency tests as part of the Admissions process. Recommendations for EAL are made at this time.
Middle School and Upper School EAL classes provide a supportive learning environment that enables students to acquire the social and academic language needed to participate fully in all aspects of school life and to reach their maximum potential. At all times, the importance of maintaining the home language and culture is emphasized, as this is fundamental to the students' overall emotional and academic development.
Please view the ZIS Language Policy here.
See Middle School and Upper School Program of Studies for more information on EAL classes .