English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and with varying degrees of ability in English. One of the hardest tasks for teachers is to manage classes of multiple abilities and, for those students who are not as proficient in English, it causes a feeling of helplessness which can affect the rest of their studies.
We work to help these students by giving them extra English classes (EAL) after school which takes place twice a week. In small groups the students’ individual problems can be identified and worked on. The atmosphere of these classes is informal and a lot of encouragement is given to boost confidence.
Parent involvement is vital in students’ skills development and they are invited to work alongside teachers in encouraging students to work towards the goal of catching up with classmates and achieving success in the classroom environment.
Thai as an Additional Language (TAL)
We have a growing number of students for whom Thai is a second language. We therefore run a programme, twice a week, supporting these learners in their Thai language studies. As with the EAL programme, the aim is to work with them in small groups at a suitable level for a long enough period of time to allow them to catch up with the level of their class mates.
Reading Support in English and Thai
REPS has long recognised the need to assist learners with their reading on an individual basis. Our goal is to have every student read regularly one-to-one with a teacher so they can be challenged according to their own abilities. This takes place outside the general classroom, in a suitable environment, and without distractions. The students build confidence through a trusting relationship with the teacher.
- Respond to language and meaning using text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world experiences.
- Describe something about the characters.
- Identify the settings of the story.
- Interpret illustrations, and use illustrations to talk about the text.
- Recognize high-frequency words.
- Recognize word patterns.
Each year we have new students joining REPS from other schools who enter at different levels. Most new students have more needs than their classmates who have been at REPS for a number of years.
The reading programme also helps the subject teacher’s productivity in all subjects that are taught in class. The literacy levels and fluency levels continue to improve throughout the Primary department.
In 2012 we introduced a mirror image of the English reading programme in Thai for our growing number of non-Thai speaking students. We are meeting the challenge of finding suitable materials to make a complete reading level system in Thai.
Those who practice more, develop more quickly. It is noticeable to teachers which children are getting help at home with their reading. To help us in our work, please read with your child at home at least twice a week.