English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) is taught at Ballyhaunis Community School to help international students gain proficiency in the English language. We work with students of all levels; from beginners who have never studied English before, to those who may have some understanding. The goal is to ensure that students become proficient in English so that they can fulfil their academic potential in the Irish school system. EAL teaching takes place in small groups and areas of study include reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  We foster a cross-curricular approach to EAL learning and full independent participation in the mainstream curriculum is the long-term objective for all EAL pupils.

Alongside educational support, we have a special interest in the pastoral care of all international pupils. We aim to help them settle happily and smoothly into their new environment. There are 43 languages spoken amongst the cohort in Ballyhaunis Community School and to encourage cultural diversity, each year we celebrate Intercultural Day. This event provides a forum that gives international pupils the opportunity to display their skills and interests to staff and their fellow students.

If you have any questions about EAL please contact k.moran@ballyhauniscs.ie

The following Apps may also help to support students when learning English: