English as an additional language (EAL)

Multiculturalism is the essence of the expatriate population in Riyadh and this is reflected in the demographics of the Multinational School – Riyadh, which is an English-medium school.

Our EAL pupils come from diverse cultures and have varied linguistic abilities. They are of all ages and at all stages of learning their own native language, new to Riyadh (and in some cases Saudi Arabia), and attempting to cope with a new home, new surroundings, a new school, and a new language of learning.

The EAL Department is designed to give students tools to settle into this new environment and integrate into the School both academically and socially. The initial focus is to develop the EAL students’ English communicative skills, enabling them to interact comfortably with their peers after which their focus moves onto developing their language skills to enable them to progress academically in the classroom in all subject areas.

Students learning English as an Additional Language may join the school at any year level of schooling, at any point in the school year and with varying levels of English proficiency. The aim of the EAL Department is to teach EAL students English language skills (reading, writing, speaking, spelling and listening) to a standard whereby they can competently access the curriculum.

Those reaping the benefits of the EAL programme include students

  • Beginning school with minimal or no exposure to English
  • With language backgrounds other than English
  • From non-English medium schools entering our English-medium school.

EAL goals for developing EAL students are to

  • First and foremost, to improve English language skill proficiencies
  • Increase confidence in communicating with peers and teachers
  • Attain a level of English competency to participate in school activities
  • Integrate back into mainstream classes as quickly as possible
  • Further academic achievement in all subjects.
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