Supporting integration in our community and beyond

English as an Additional Language

The curriculum taught at IST is delivered in English to students of many nationalities, languages and cultures. The school is very proud that students are multilingual learners with important experiences in other languages. For many of these students, English is not only a second language, but a third or even fourth language, and IST is committed to supporting them in building their language skills to allow them to access the curriculum and communicate with their peers.

IST provides a full English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme to support English learners and is recognised as an English Language Examination Center by Anglia Network Europe. The role of the EAL teacher is to aid students in learning English, while supporting the development of their mother tongue and the host language, Dutch. This approach not only values where the students come from, it also accelerates their access to the school curriculum.

Every EAL learner receives a detailed progress report describing their level of attainment and monitoring their progress. Furthermore, the progress reports help teachers and parents understand where an individual’s strengths and weaknesses are. Each A1 level EAL student is provided with an Anglia certificate proving their English level according to the Common European Framework.

In addition, all classroom teachers and assistants are trained in ways to help students participate in the school curriculum. The school offers an environment in which students feel nurtured and comfortable whilst learning the language and skills they need to access the curriculum and build friendships


Dutch as an international language

In recognition of the IST’s context in the Dutch community, students at IST take part in Dutch lessons aimed at introducing them to, and helping them integrate with, Dutch language and culture. With the support of specialist teachers from within the Dutch teaching community, IST aims to develop the language skills of all its learners to be able to find their way in the Netherlands, and eventually, if they choose, pursue Dutch academic qualifications as well.