In the one-on-one English as a Second Language tutoring program in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, each student is matched with a tutor who helps the student with his or her classes.
Lausanne Collegiate School's English as an Additional Language Program (EAL) program is dedicated to supporting students who need to learn English and to helping them with their classes at Lausanne. The program provides one-on-one tutoring to all students as needed and has full-immersion classes for students in the Upper School who are learning English as a second language.
In the one-on-one tutoring program in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, each student is matched with a tutor who helps the student with his or her classes. The tutors work closely with their students to ensure that they are following along in class, finishing their homework and getting what they need out of the lessons. The tutor structures the sessions to improve the student’s English and to help them gain the language they need to do well in school. The tutors also work with the students' mainstream classroom teachers to monitor the students’ progress and modify the students’ class assignments so that they are spending more time on the content of the assignment rather than on the English of the assignment.
If a student’s grades fall below a C, the EAL coordinator will evaluate and may assign mandatory tutoring. To exit the program, the Lower and Middle school students will take the grade appropriate level admission test. To establish a level of proficiency in the language, the exiting EAL student must achieve the required scores for the English-speaking students at the time of admittance to the school.
In the full-immersion class in the Upper School, the EAL teacher works closely with teachers in the history and science departments to teach the student the English he or she needs to succeed at Lausanne and at university. The class is offered in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. First-year EAL students must successfully complete the curriculum for the year to be eligible to move to a mainstream English classroom.
As each international student enters the Upper School at Lausanne, the EAL Coordinator examines the scores the student submitted for their TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) and assigns the student to either the immersion class or to a tutor as per the following scale:
- 90-100: The student will have regular meetings with the EAL coordinator for follow up, supervision and support at no extra charge.
- 80-90: The student will meet with a tutor once during every seven day rotation the first semester and then will have regular meetings with the EAL coordinator for follow up.
- 60-80: The student will meet with a tutor at least twice a week for the first semester, then meet with the EAL Coordinator to determine how many times a week the student needs to meet with a tutor the second semester.
- 40-60: The student will be assigned to the full immersion class.