Bilingual learning support
For students arriving at EIFA without proficiency in either English or French, we provide a special programme called EAL “English as an Additional Language” and FLE “Français Langue Etrangère”. These courses allow children to make rapid and sustained progress irrespective of their initial knowledge base in the second language.
Students will be working on attaining the necessary language skills, with a specialist teacher or teaching assistant, either individually or in small groups during French or English literature classes. We aim to promote all aspects of language simultaneously: oral expression and comprehension, as well as reading and writing skills.
The student remains in the EAL or FLE class until the classroom teacher and the teacher of EAL or FLE agree that the student has attained a sufficient level of English or French to be able to participate fully in the academic programme.
This support programme is only for students who do not have English or French as a first language. Our dual-immersion concept and learning-support programmes are designed for the needs of international students, regardless of the language spoken at home.
Special Educational Needs support
EIFA offers learning support to pupils with special educational needs (SEN). Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and teaching staff work with external specialist consultants, who take care of specific educational needs such as speech and language impairment, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and/or ADHD.
Our staff set up special support programmes specific to the pupils’ individual needs. We are a small, family school and each child receives individual attention. Our teachers work in close collaboration with medical staff to assess learning difficulties and adjust exercises, tasks and homework accordingly. For example, children with dyslexia might be given fewer spelling words to learn and/or an extra 20% time to sit tests.
Please note that, owing to the constraints of our Grade II listed buildings, we are unable to cater for severe SEN pupils.
Support for children
EIFA places a strong emphasis on small class sizes so that children can get the individual and tailored support they need. The feedback we receive from our families is that their children have integrated very rapidly on their return to other international schools.
Today, we are particularly happy to host a growing number of international non-Francophone and non-Anglophone families. For those non-Francophone and non-Anglophone children, we have developed a pedagogy that enables such children to immerse themselves in both languages and cultures – English and French – and to become bilingual, thanks to individual support. For more information, visit our page Learning support.
Social support for families
We are lucky to have a very dynamic parents association.
All new families are welcomed to the School by EIFA Parents.
A series of events throughout the year, from end-of-term concerts, to a gala dinner, to Sports Day, and to coffee mornings allows new parents to meet with the existing parent body and share tips and information, as well as forge new friendships.