English as an Additional Languages (EAL) Program

The Anglo-American School of St. Petersburg is an international school with a diverse population.  Its English Language Learners (ELLs) are an important and integral part of the educational community. English language teaching is approached from the perspective that students need language to communicate and language for academic purposes. Therefore, AAS-SP mainstream teachers and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department implement a sheltered immersion model to support ELLs when necessary. "Sheltered" means that ELLs are supported by direct and indirect services by an EAL specialist. "Immersion" means that ELLs and their proficient peers are educated in the same room.

Students are immersed among their peers and attend the same classes as their English-proficient classmates in K-12. The exceptions to this immersion are during world language class in K-5 and elective class in grades 6-12 when students attend EAL class. These classes are used to provide support to students during the day. The sheltered immersion model of support for ELLs relies heavily on collaboration among EAL specialists and classroom/subject area teachers. This is a collaborative model involving synergy among all teachers and students. Overall, AAS-SP's EAL program ensures that English Language Learners have equal access to the academic standards and curriculum.

The EAL specialists work in collaboration with mainstream teachers to ensure students can understand the language and the content of the classroom, as well as participate in classroom activities.  The Department also offers before-and-after-school support when needed.

Learn more about AAS-SP's Mother Language Program, an after-school program that helps bilingual students develop communications skills in their native language. 

EAL Mission Statement

Our mission is to help students develop English language skills, cultural awareness, and learning strategies which will enable them to become successful learners and positive contributors to the wider community in which they live.

Assessment and Monitoring

The ELL student will be assessed prior to entry to the school for placement, throughout the year for progress, and at the end of the year to determine the need for services. The EAL Department uses a variety of standardized, formative, and summative assessments to monitor progress, decide on the support needed, and to establish exit criteria.

Direct Services

Direct services in which the EAL specialists have contact with the children depends on the needs of the students. Direct contact may take the following forms:

  • In-class support
  • Small group instruction
  • Co-teaching with classroom/subject area teacher as needed
  • Pull-out instruction when needed
  • Before and after school support when arranged with the ESOL teacher
  • Administering assessments as needed

Indirect Services

Indirect services by the EAL specialists include:

  • Planning differentiated lessons with classroom/subject area teachers
  • Developing curricular support via front loading (preview) assignments to be completed in their mother tongue. Front loading provides students from non-English speaking backgrounds a chance to preview academic content, concepts, and key vocabulary
  • Providing teacher/parent workshops and support
  • Administer standardized assessments for admissions placement and progress evaluation

Our EAL Team

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