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Published by SchoolAdvisor on Apr 17, 2018, 03:48 AM has provided straight-to-the-point answers to a compiled list of frequently asked questions by parents.

1. Do international schools cater to special education needs?

Not every international school may provide services for special-needs children, but there are a few that do. International schools such as Nexus International School and Australian International School Malaysia offer support to students with mild learning disabilities in the form of Special Needs trained teachers hired to work side by side with classroom teachers.

Nilai International School on the other hand provides an Education Support Unit for children with High-Functioning Autism (ASD), complete with facility and staff to help students regulate their own anxiety levels.

2. Are there additional English language programmes available to students who speak English as a second language?

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is a programme committed to preparing students who are non-native English speakers to learn successfully in the regular classroom setting. International schools such as Alice Smith School, The International School of Kuala Lumpur, Marlborough College Malaysia, andTaylor’s International School provide this programme.

3. Is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) recognised in universities?

The IB works hard to ensure that the Diploma Programme is globally recognised by universities, with its students gaining competitive offers to further their studies. There are many universities that have not established an official IB Recognition policy admitting IB students, as they often still consider the Diploma Programme performance in admission decisions.

4. What is the general profile and qualifications of international school teachers?

All teachers employed in international schools are fully qualified and accredited to teach at the standards required by the curricula offered at the schools. While foreign teachers generally come from all parts of the world, more often than not international schools tend to hire teachers according to the curricula to ensure that the educational environment is kept authentic.

For example, teachers conducting the British national curriculum can mostly come from the UK, or the Australian curriculum is taught by Australian teachers. However, this is not strictly the case in all international schools, as many also employ local teachers to conduct various curricula.

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