EAL and heritage language
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program at ASL focuses on providing English learners with practice and application of key content and language concepts, promotes students’ interactions with each other and with the teacher, and provides opportunities for students to use English while reading, writing, listening, and speaking in new contexts. The EAL classroom environment respects the child’s preference for learning individually, in small groups, and large groups while at the same time pushing for immersion in all aspects of English language learning.
The EAL program:
- supports the unique needs of multilingual children
- recognizes and celebrates students who have a home language other than English
- values the cultural and linguistic experiences of all students
- is committed to best practice based on research, and is guided by the standards and practices of WIDA