English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language

Language Acquisition Services at the MET

UNIVERSAL INCLUSION MODEL


The Metropolitan School of Panama has a universal inclusion model towards learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). It is the mission of the EAL department to develop English language skills, cultural awareness and learning strategies, which enable English Language Learners (ELLs) to become successful learners and positive contributors to the community in which they live in.

The MET Universal Inclusion Model allows ELLs to have equal access to the curriculum and acquire the language in the regular academic program alongside mainstream students. EAL Co-teachers and Classroom teachers or personal tutors provide differentiated learning structures and individual support to help ELLs participate and learn both content and language during mainstream classes.

The language acquisition process is, however, different for each learner and is influenced by a range of factors, the most important being:
• The learner’s developed competency in their first language
• Exposure to a language-rich environment
• The learner’s attitude towards learning a new language
• The learner’s motivation to acquire independence and confidence in English

English language learners (ELLs) will receive EAL services for a minimum of two academic years or until they achieve a high intermediate English level and are ready to comply with their grade-level requirements.

OUR CORE BELIEFS


  • ELLs have the right to equal access to the curriculum
  • ELLs are in the mainstream classroom as much as possible
  • All teachers are EAL teachers
  • ELLs have the right to keep their mother tongue

EAL LEVELS


EAL teachers scaffold instruction and provide accommodations during language arts and/or content areas classes. Based on their English level, ELLs will receive the following support services:

Elementary School:

EAL-I: Individualized Instruction

  • 8 periods per week

EAL-IS: Intensive Small Group Instruction

  • 6 periods per week

EAL-SS: Intensive Small Group Instruction

  • 3 periods per week

Secondary School:

EAL-SS: Strategic Small Group Instruction

Pull-out Support

EAL teachers scaffold instruction and provide accommodations to support language and content per grade level twice a week during the periods of the elective subject.

EAL GENERAL SERVICES


  • A standardized language proficiency test will be administered to determine English level
  • Progress Reports will be sent every trimester
  • Based on their English level, ELLs will receive pull-out ot in-class support
  • The EAL Anchor, an EAL newsletter, will be sent for every Unit of Inquiry

EXIT CRITERIA


ELLs will no longer receive EAL support when:

  • Standardized language proficiency test results indicate they are at the high-intermediate English level
  • EAL teacher recommends it
  • Classroom/Content area teacher recommends it

EAL TEAM


 

English Language Services in Panama EAL

English Language Services in Panama EAL

English Language Services in Panama EAL

Ana Palencia
EAL Coordinator
apalencia@themetropolitanschool.com

Paola Castro
EAL Specialist
pcastro@themetropolitanschool.com

Mónica Ramírez
EAL Specialist
mramirez@themetropolitanschool.com

English Language Services in Panama EAL

English Language Services in Panama EAL

English Language Services in Panama EAL

Vielka González
EAL Specialist
vgonzalez@themetropolitanschool.com

Ana Beatriz Aizpurúa
EAL Specialist
aaizpurua@themetropolitanschool.com

Elides Rodríguez
EAL Specialist
erodriguez@themetropolitanschool.com

 

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Ana Palencia
EAL Services Coordinator
apalencia@themetropolitanschool.com

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