English as an Additional Language

At the British Embassy School Ankara, we meet pupils from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, many of whom speak one or more languages other than English at home. We recognise that all pupils need to feel safe, accepted and valued in order to learn. For pupils who are learning English as an additional language, this includes recognising and valuing their home language and background and supporting them as they develop their language skills.

As a school, we are aware that bilingualism is a strength and EAL pupils have a valuable contribution to make. We take a whole school approach, including ethos, curriculum, and promoting language awareness to ensure that any barriers to learning are removed so that all our pupils are given the opportunity to achieve their potential within an inclusive education system. The language abilities of all our pupils are assessed when they join the school and, if necessary, EAL pupils are supported individually or in small groups by trained EAL teachers. The Student Support Department also provides in class support to EAL pupils when necessary to ensure that the education at our school can be accessed by every pupil, regardless of their stage of English Language Learning. In this way we provide a fully inclusive education which promotes diversity and celebrates individual strengths.