English as an Additional Language

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department at the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) serves non-native English speakers. The EAL Department strives to increase students’ English language proficiency through rigorous literacy- and language-based courses while simultaneously supporting teachers whose students have English language learning needs. EAL support is available to students in Grades 6-10 in varying levels. No EAL support is provided to students in Grades 11-12 as the rigour of the IB Diploma Programme requires proficiency in English in order to be successful.

Language Placement at ISPP
Prior to enrolment, students without a demonstrated competency in English are given an English proficiency test. The results of this test will determine a student’s placement in ISPP’s EAL Support Programme.

Language Acquisition: English
Some students with a mother-tongue other than English may need to study Language Acquisition: English. This is common in international schools and at ISPP. Language Acquisition: English is taught in the IB Middle Years (MYP) and the IB Diploma (DP) Programmes within the schedule when other students are learning Language and Literature: English. The primary focus of Language Acquisition: English is to improve student performance in the four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) by focusing on learning strategies and confidence-building activities. This subject is treated like any foreign language and is graded according to assessment criteria

All IB MYP students can choose to study one Language and Literature and one Language Acquisition subject OR Two Language and Literature courses. Students who study Language Acquisition: English will be required to study Mother-Tongue Language and Literature during the English Language and Literature time. Mother-Tongue Language and Literature is provided at an additional cost to parents. However, where there is more than one student enrolled in the same Mother-Tongue Language and Literature course of study, the cost of that class is shared by the families of those students. If five or more students are enrolled in the same Mother-Tongue Language and Literature course, ISPP will bear that cost. ISPP financially supports the following mother tongue languages in most grades: Khmer and Korean.

EAL  Support in the IB Middle Years Programme
ISPP provides three levels of EAL support for students who need to increase their English skills, depending upon the student’s current level of English and their grade level. The purpose of the EAL Support programme is to improve student academic proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking so that students will be able to participate more productively in mainstream classes. 

EAL Partial Support (Grades 6-8)
Students who have a reading and writing proficiency close to that of their peers but require additional support before completely entering the mainstream will receive EAL Partial Support. Students receiving this level of support will study Language Acquisition: English, receive additional in-class support in the subject Individuals and Societies, and will be provided Mother-Tongue Language and Literature tuition. EAL Partial Support and Mother-Tongue tuition for Grades 6-8 is provided at an additional cost to parents. See School Fees here.

EAL Full Support (Grades 6-8)
Students in Grades 6-8 requiring additional support with their English skills and who are assessed as being in the lower phases of acquiring English will be provided EAL Full Support. Student receiving that level of support will study Language Acquisition: English and will additionally be withdrawn from studying an additional language (e.g. Khmer, Mandarin, Korean).  In lieu of an additional language, students will continue developing their English skills through support provided by an EAL support teacher.

During the teaching of the subject Individuals and Societies, students will be supported by an EAL teacher in the classroom where their learning tasks are modified and one-to-one or small group work takes place. EAL Full Support for Grades 6-8 is provided at an additional cost to parents. See School Fees here.

EAL Support (Grades 9-10)
Students in Grades 9 and 10 who require support for their English skills will study Language Acquisition: English and receive Mother-Tongue Language and Literature tuition. Students in Grades 9 and 10 who study Language Acquisition English must study their mother tongue and will incur additional fees for Mother-Tongue tuition. See School Fees here.

Exiting the EAL Programme
Students who meet designated literacy targets may exit the EAL programme at the end of the semester. Their assessment consists of work done in class, test results, as well as consultation with mainstream teachers. Students can move from Full Support to Partial Support or from Partial Support to mainstream.

EAL Partial Support – Grades 6-8EAL Full Support – Grades 6-8
Language Acquisition: English Language Acquisition: English
Compulsory Mother-Tongue (MT) tuition during the school day English as an Additional Language (EAL) Support
Individuals and Societies (With an in-class EAL support teacher) Individuals and Societies (With an in-class EAL support teacher)
Fees:
EAL Partial Support Fee*
+
Mother-Tongue Tuition Fee*

*See current fee schedule
Fees:
EAL Full Support Fee*



*See current fee schedule
EAL Support – Grades 9-10
Language Acquisition: English
Compulsory Mother-Tongue (MT) tuition during the school day
Fees:
Mother-Tongue Tuition Fee*


*See current fee schedule

Note: Mother-Tongue (MT) fees will range from $235-$935 per term depending on the number of students (1-4). If there are 5 students or more in a single MT class, the fees are paid by the school.