Mr Tom Schachinger

English is the medium of teaching at Bloomsbury International School. As most schools around SE Asia, we have a high percentage of students requiring English as an Additional Language (EAL).

We believe that all students have a right to access the curriculum, which is why we base our EAL provision on a model of Sheltered Immersion. Students on the EAL programme are well-supported at Bloomsbury and it is the objective of the EAL department to improve proficiency in English to a suitable enough level to be able to access the curriculum independently.

As part of our access to learning, the EAL teamwork with children to bridge their English understanding in school. This involves withdrawing the children from class to focus on the four strands of English: Listening and comprehension, Speaking, Reading and Writing, as well as phonics, grammar, and pre-teaching or repeating vocabulary/going over classwork done in class.

Once students are able to begin there independent learning, we support their transition with EAL support TAs in core lessons. Making sure that our students are well-prepared for their academic journey.

Tom Schachinger
Head of EAL