We enable students to fully take part in school life.
Because English is the language of instruction at Concordia, our EAL students are working twice as hard as our native English-speaking students. This makes the EAL program an integral part of our school.
The EAL program enables students to develop their English in both academic and social settings. The program uses a collaborative model to develop students in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn, for example, to explain scientific experiments and justify why they solved a math problem the way they did. Students learn to retell and summarize stories as well as discuss character traits and identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Students learn to compare and contrast, discuss and debate, and give opinions. In the end, the students learn to think in English, enabling them to fully take part in and be successful at Concordia.
The program supports our English language learners with the following three components:
1. Dedicated EAL Classes
EAL specialists teach students for 40 minutes every day outside the main classroom. Activities in these classes focus on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classes also cover some content vocabulary and grammar, especially for Science and Social Studies. The EAL classes meet simultaneously with Modern Language Vietnamese and Modern Language Mandarin, so EAL students are not 'missing' any class time.
2. In-Class support
The EAL specialist supports the learning taking place in the classroom. EAL and classroom teachers collaborate to best meet the language needs of students inside the individual classroom.
EAL specialists and classroom teachers continue to track students who have already exited the EAL program. This is to make sure they are still progressing in their English language learning and are keeping up with the work assigned.