Inclusion and EAL brochure
A guide to Inclusion and English as an Additional Language at DBIS.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the team involved in providing your children with learning opportunities to improve their acquisition of English.
Ms Minoli Samarakkody
Ms Whitney Fritsch
Ms Melissa Moss
Ms Monique Filmalter
What is EAL?
English as an Additional Language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English or who have had limited exposure to English before joining DBIS.
Our goal is to inspire and empower our students to reach their full potential and to build their confidence and self-esteem.
What do we value?
We celebrate the different languages spoken by our EAL students and encourage them to keep learning those languages and to use them to understand concepts and vocabulary in English.
We value the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences that our EAL students bring to DBIS.
We want to assist parents and caregivers in supporting their children’s acquisition of English outside of school.
We care for the wellbeing of students who are new to English.
How can you help with your child’s acquisition of English?
“The stronger a child’s home language development is, the better they will learn English.” (Chalmers, 2019. The Role of the first language in English medium instruction. Oxford University Press.)