We provide support to students who have additional needs, whether in mathematics, one or more of their languages. Currently, languages supported at ESH are English L1 and L2, French L1 and L2, German L1 and L2, and Dutch L1. Support in mathematics is offered in English, French, and Dutch.
Some students are truly bilingual or multilingual upon entering the school. However, for others there is the expectation that they will work toward becoming fluent in at least two languages by the end of their Secondary education. Mother tongue classes are offered for several European languages and, in addition to this, many students must reach a level of fluency in another language in order to follow their classes. This can be challenging for some learners and is unique to the European School system.
ESH Secondary offers language support lessons in English, German, French and Dutch for L1 and L2. When enrolled at ESH Secondary, students are evaluated by their class teachers and by the Support Department, and placed in support according to their individual needs. If the student’s level is significantly lower than their peers, withdrawal from their L1 or L2 language classes may be necessary, so that they can be given intensive support in that subject on a 1-1 basis or in a small group. Other students will receive support in class or during their free periods. Students are encouraged to focus on grammar and vocabulary development as well as structural aspects of writing and speaking. Another aim of these classes is to help the students develop the language skills needed for their other subjects which is particularly important for older students.
The Mathematics Support Team builds the bridge between regular maths teaching and supporting students who experience mathematics as a challenge, or who may benefit from more challenges in mathematics. By leaning on five inter-related components: concepts, skills, processes, metacognition and attitudes, our goal is to work with the student and teacher to frame a programme that supports the student’s academic needs, adds a personal touch to create self-confidence, and makes success in mathematics achievable.
The maths support teacher provides learning experiences that suit the student’s learning style. Students use each session to:
- Review prior skills
- Clarify concepts
- Preview up-coming material
- Strengthen skills
- Learn study techniques
- Acquire test taking strategies
- Take practice tests
Executive functioning is one of the essential cognitive processes, with a great impact on behaviour. Planning and organisation can be influenced by poor executive functioning skills as well and have a more negative impact on a student’s general school achievement and well-being. When a student struggles to organise their homework and assignments in an efficient way, we offer needs-based support, providing students with useful planning skills and strategies. The support is always intended as a bridge between learning and well-being, creating a more holistic approach to the needs and the resources of each student.