Learning Support, EAL, Portuguese
TASIS Portugal is designed and organized to support and facilitate collaborative learning and individual support for every student.
In Pre-Kindergarten through third grade, two teachers are assigned to every classroom, and these teachers receive regular weekly professional development training. (At TASIS, we believe there is a vital link between the growth and development of teachers and that of their students.) This weekly training strengthens our teachers’ learning support skills in three ways by helping them:
- Identify learning differences in their students;
- Apply differentiation to their teaching strategies;
- Use Harvard’s Project Zero “visible thinking routines” to facilitate collaborative learning in their classrooms.
English as an Additional Language
For students whose English-language skills range from beginner to intermediate, we offer English as an Additional Language classes and support. Highly qualified teachers work with students to help bring them to grade-level proficiency as quickly as possible so that they can participate fully and independently in their classrooms.
To improve the students' skills in academic and colloquial English, the school combines reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and literature lessons with immersion in core content-area classes. (Note that research indicates that the average beginning-level student in an immersion program will learn social English in 3–5 years and academic English in 5–7 years.)
Portuguese Language Instruction
TASIS takes its commitment to the country and culture of Portugal very seriously. All TASIS students will study Portuguese; either as a first or second language. In middle school, students will have the choice of a third language, Spanish.