How long will my children attend EAL classes?
On average elementary school students need about 18 months to 2 years of some form of EAL support before they have sufficient English to function independently in the mainstream. But even here it is necessary to stress the words "on average". The actual time needed will depend on a number of learner variables, such as the native language of the learner, language learning aptitude, student motivation, similarity between the mother tongue languages, etc. When students can benefit from working with the mainstream class, they often continue to receive periodic support within the Programme at no additional cost.