English as an additional language (EAL) at ISHCMC-American Academy

ISHCMC-American Academy (ISHCMC-AA) is a leading American curriculum secondary school in Ho Chi Minh City, inspiring and challenging students aged 11 to 18 years old to achieve academic and personal success. One of the central premises of our school mission is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a higher education in Vietnam or overseas.


In today’s globalised employment market it is an extreme advantage for an individual to have studied at university or college level, and to speak more than one language. To this end our effective teaching practices and curriculum have been based upon the standards of the American education system. Fluency in the English language is also essential for acceptance at universities abroad, therefore a key focus for every one of our learners is to achieve fluency in the English language.


ISHCMC-AA English as an Additional Language Program (EAL)

At ISHCMC-AA we offer full immersion in the English language and the majority of subjects across our curriculum are taught in English to prepare students for study and life within any university program. Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is an essential resource that provides free English language support for any child that needs help with learning English. 


Our EAL resources are based on the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDATM) framework and assessments, a program aligned with US standards in English – covering essential social, instructional and academic aspects of the language.


The ISHCMC-AA EAL program involves a comprehensive schedule of reading and writing workshops that help develop vocabulary, reading comprehension and essay writing skills. The sound proficiency in the English language gained via these courses will allow every student the opportunity to apply for a higher education in many universities across the world.


“Complete immersion in the English language develops high proficiency, with over 50% of our

students achieving above grade level English.”

Quote from Head Teacher …



The ISHCMC-AA curriculum includes courses that will specifically support children requiring help with learning the English language. Whether your child is currently at entry level, considered a beginner or a mid level student developing the language, ISHCMC-AA teachers will always work with them to improve their English language skills so that they can achieve their full potential within our American English curriculum. 


Reading & Writing Workshop for grades 9 & 10

A full year grade-levelled course designed to support intermediate English language learners in grades 9 and 10. 


The goal of this extensive workshop is to increase English language skills at the sentence and word/phrase level through the following exercises:

  • grammar instruction with lots of practice
  • reading & writing instruction
  • studying the academic language of science, social studies and language arts


Eligibility to enroll on the course will be determined by test data and teacher recommendation.


Successful participants will achieve 1 Credit.


In 2015, over 60% of ISHCMC-American Academy high school students achieved above grade level standards in their English MAP® assessments.


Need additional support for your child?

More information and support is available via the Parent Information & Resources page on the ISHCMC-AA Student & Parent Central portal:


Parent Information & Resources

A helpful school resource where current ISHCMC-AA parents and guardians can find helpful school information, guides and tips to support the learning and well-being of their child.