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English as an additional language (EAL)

English is our language of instruction, and we want to ensure every student can successfully access all elements of our curriculum regardless of their English level. However, we understand that for many of our students, English is a second or even a third language, and some require special assistance in learning English.

We offer an EAL programme (English as an Additional Language) to those students who require the assistance. This programme ensures that all students can keep up with our curriculum and maximise their time at Mount Kelly School Hong Kong and later on at Mount Kelly UK senior school. As part of the admissions procedures, we will assess the student’s English ability and have a personalised plan ready for when they start at Mount Kelly.

EAL students receive extra lessons where they consolidate basic English skills focused on the four main core areas of the language: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. 


In Years 1 to 4, all students are placed together irrespective of their English level. Younger children are able to learn new languages with ease, and the vocabulary used is accessible for all students. Teachers and Teaching Assistants can detect where each child might struggle with the English language, assisting them when needed.


In Years 5 and 6, students who require EAL lessons receive separate English lessons where they can improve their level of English. They access the rest of the curriculum together with the rest of their year group.


We have an EAL stream in place in the secondary school. Students in the EAL stream receive English, Geography, History and Science lessons in an EAL environment with specialist teachers. We ensure students maintain access to the entirety of the curriculum ensuring, they are appropriately preparing to take the IGCSE. Students are assessed at various points throughout the year and are able to access the mainstream classroom once they reach Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Students in the EAL stream receive all other subjects with the rest of their year group and have access to all our Extra Curriculum Activities.

Extracurricular Activities

The school offers English-focused co-curricular activities where students can further improve their English skills in oracy and literacy and acquire advanced vocabulary and writing skills.