English as an Additional Language
Dylan Thomas Community School has a number of students for whom English is an additional language. We support such students by using specialist staff from the EMLAS team and our general policy is to support such students in the mainstream curriculum. We value the diversity of our student population and the richness this adds to our community.
Bilingualism in the School
Dylan Thomas is a multilingual school with at least 20 languages being spoken. A complete list is available from the EAL department on request. Dylan Thomas is an English medium school, all of the feeder schools are English medium schools and Welsh is taught as a second language throughout. Welsh is a compulsory subject in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. All of our pupils have the opportunity to take external examinations in Welsh as well as other languages.
One of the main aims of the school is to promote bilingualism amongst the pupils. Estyn has introduced bilingualism into the inspection to meet the requirements of the National Assembly. We aim to:
- Improve the attitude of pupils in both languages
- Encourage pupils to use their bilingual skills and improve them
- Ensure that pupils are aware why they learn Welsh
- Ensure that pupils are aware that bilingualism will broaden their horizons and that learning languages promotes intellectual development