ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)
We know how hard it is coming to a new country with all of its societal norms and expectations, and we want all our families to feel comfortable. Gray Academy's English as an Additional Language (EAL) program assists newcomers to Canada to make a smooth transition to their new country, culture and language, both in educational and personal settings.
The main goals of EAL education according to the Manitoba curriculum framework of the Ministry of Education are to:
- assist learners in adding English to their linguistic repertoire and become proficient in English.
- provide learning opportunities for learners to continue to develop intellectually and as citizens.
- assist learners in successfully integrating into the school and classroom.
- enable learners to benefit from school programming and to achieve the learning outcomes identified in the provincial curriculum.
- enhance choices and opportunities for learners to access and benefit from adult and post-secondary learning experiences.
Combining Old and New Experiences
We recognize the importance of our EAL students, and the impact learning English (while preserving their first languages) has on their ability to:
- learn Canadian culture and society
- continue to see how their cultural traditions, history, and experiences are reflected in the classroom and curriculum
- properly participate in their educational settings
- acquire academic communicative competence, which is much more difficult to develop than basic interpersonal communication skills
EAL Student Needs
- equal access to programs and services
- parental support through partnering with educators, and actively participating in the learning process
- effective reporting (with multilingual documents and services, as needed)
- services that reflect current educational research and practices related to their educational experience