English as an Additional Language

Our students come from all over the world. In total, people from about 45 nations learn and teach under the roof of the Berlin Cosmopolitan School. Every language and every culture is welcome and may be used at any time.

However, our school language is English and it is very important to us that each student has a good command of English as a language. However, for many of our students, both German and English are foreign languages and they need to learn both languages from scratch. Our teachers are specially trained to teach our students both English and German.

The goal of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) course is for students with little to no knowledge of English to learn it quickly. Once they have reached a good level, they can join the regular English classes. 

Students receiving EAL support work in separate classrooms in small groups while regular English classes are held for their classmates. Small groups allow for a comfortable atmosphere for learning where peers are supportive.

The first goal is to strengthen interpersonal communication skills so that students gain the skills to participate in class social interactions. Other topics build on this foundation. With confidence, the tasks expand into building language skills, such as grammar or stylistic confidence, so that the student can move into mainstream English.

EAL in Primary School

In primary school we offer special EAL lessons and support our pupils to develop their English skills. Children for whom English is an additional language are taught English in a small group with an EAL teacher.

These lessons are designed to help students develop their language and literacy skills while developing an understanding of the curriculum. EAL specialists work closely with class teachers to develop differentiated instruction and support to help their students access the regular curriculum and accelerate their learning. 

EAL in Secondary

At the secondary level, students with needs can participate in our EAL programme for English language acquisition. This programme focuses on the development of English language skills, covering similar content to regular English classes. This means that students will study similar literature and topics that focus on the same contexts as their peers. The goal is for them to build their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

Student also receive support from EAL specialists as needed during other subjects. This enables us to provide targeted mentoring so that no gaps in learning can occur.