English as an Additional Language

AES Policy (2010) requires all applicants identified as bilingual or bicultural to take an English language proficiency assessment. The students’ English capabilities are analyzed with a proficiency assessment called the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) from the University of Wisconsin. It must be noted, this is an assessment for “Academic Language” proficiency. This is not an evaluation of a student’s oral social speaking ability. It evaluates the applicant for his/her English capabilities in the following content areas: math, science, social studies, and literature. The WIDA assessment must be administered at AES. Students qualify for EAL support if their scores fall below standards identified for each grade level.

AES EAL Philosophy Statement

We nurture students’ identities as language learners who understand the power and additive nature of their bilingual and multilingual capabilities. In our program, students become life-long language learners who confidently apply English and other languages at complex levels to solve problems, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with others.

As a K-12 EAL program, we are committed to:

  • upholding grade-level standards and the cognitive complexity of the general education curriculum for EAL students.
  • ensuring that language instruction is comprehensible, explicit, and supports efficient and successful learning of both academic language and content.
  • preparing students with skills to function with the complex language necessary to enjoy academic success while simultaneously meeting students’ social and emotional needs.
  • providing a continuum of support based upon the linguistic needs of students.
  • collaborating with content area teachers to meet the needs of English language learners.
  • empowering all teachers to be teachers of the English language.

-adopted Oct. 2013

EAL support is offered for students in Grades 1-5 in the Elementary School, Grades 6-8 in the Middle School, and Grades 9-10 in the High School.

English as an Additional Language Eligibility Criteria for Admissions 

The English as an Additional Language program at AES is designed to support students in Grades 1-10. Applicants for Grades 1-12 for whom English is not the first language, whose school records indicate that they have been studying English as an Additional Language(EAL) or gaining EAL assistance, or who have a bilingual/bicultural background will be required to sit for an English Language Proficiency assessment, which measures an applicant’s communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students with an educational background that indicates high academic achievement in an English language school setting and standardized test scores may be exempt from this assessment.

For applicants who meet all other eligibility criteria but who have been identified as requiring EAL services, an English language proficiency assessment is needed to determine whether they can be placed in an available grade level seat. In order to ensure that these students can satisfy the academic requirements and participate to the fullest extent possible in school life, AES has established minimum levels of academic English language proficiency for admission. An applicant’s educational history and English language proficiency assessment result will be used to determine whether an applicant has met the minimum expectation for admission.

The assessment must be completed at the American Embassy School-New Delhi. An invitation for the English language proficiency assessment is not nor does it imply an offer of acceptance at the American Embassy School.

Students requiring English as an Additional Language (EAL) services will be admitted when space is available in both the EAL program and regular curricular programs and in accordance with priority categories for admission.

-adopted April 2010