English as an Additional Language

1. Preamble

 The School recognises that, because of the International nature of Dubai, a proportion of pupils will be multi-/ bi-lingual and English may not be their first language. However, all pupils at JESS must have the linguistic ability to access the curriculum in English, as a condition of admission (See the School Admissions Policy).


2. Identification

 All multi-/ bi-lingual students are assessed using the ‘Common European Framework Of Reference For Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment’. See Appendix One below.

o C2 – Proficient: Fluent.
o C1 – Proficient: Becoming Fluent;
o B2 – Independent User: Becoming Competent;
o B1 - Independent User: Becoming Familiar;
o A2 – Basic User: Early Acquisition;
o A1 – Basic User: New to English;
 

3. EAL Provision

3.1. In the Foundation Stage

 Pupils who are assessed as A1 are considered basic users of English and insufficiently competent. They may require support.
 Pupils who are assessed as A2, B1, are considered independent users of English and sufficiently competent. They may require differentiation and quality first teaching.
 Pupils who are assessed as B2, C1 and C2 are considered proficient and sufficiently competent in English. They do not to require any additional support
3.2. At Key Stage One
 Pupils who are assessed as A1 and A2 are considered basic users of English and insufficiently competent. They may require additional EAL support.
 Pupils who are assessed as B1 and are considered independent users of English and sufficiently competent. They may require differentiation and quality first teaching.
 Pupils who are assessed as B2, C1 and C2 are considered proficient and sufficiently competent in English. They do not to require any additional support.
3.3. At Key Stage Two
 Pupils who are assessed as A1 and A2 are considered basic users of English and insufficiently competent. They may require additional EAL support.
 Pupils who are assessed as B1 and B2 are considered independent users of English and sufficiently competent. They may require differentiation and quality first teaching.
 Pupils who are assessed as C1 and C2 are considered proficient and sufficiently competent in English. They do not to require any additional support.
3.4. At Key Stage Three and Four
 Pupils who are assessed as B1 and B2 are considered basic users of English and insufficiently competent. They may require additional EAL support.
 Pupils who are assessed as C1 are considered independent users of English and sufficiently competent. They may require differentiation and quality first teaching.
 Pupils who are assessed as C2 are considered proficient and sufficiently competent in English. They do not to require any additional support.
 Any students in Key Stage 4 assessed at A1 or A2 would not possess English language skills to gain admission at this level.
3.5. At Key Stage Five
 Pupils who are assessed as B2 are considered basic users of English and insufficiently competent. They may require additional EAL support.
 Pupils who are assessed as C1 are considered independent users of English and sufficiently competent. They may require differentiation and quality first teaching.
 Pupils who are assessed as C2 are considered proficient and sufficiently competent in English. They do not to require any additional support.
 Any students in Key Stage 5 assessed at A1, A2 or B1 would not possess English language skills to gain admission at this level.


Appendix One:

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment: global scale
Table 1 Common Reference Levels: Global Scale http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/source/framework_en.pdf p.24
Proficient User
C2
 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
 Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
 Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1
 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
 Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
 Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
 Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Independent User
B2
 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that
 makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
 Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1
 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
 Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
 Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
 Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Basic User
A2
 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
 Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
 Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1
 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
 Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
 Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.