At UISZC we believe that languages are developed in context; words do not make much sense if they are not attached to the reality they represent. There is a difference between the social language we use with friends and family and the academic language proficiency we need to succeed at school.
This is why we have developed a comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program that emphasizes the demands of a rigorous academic environment. An inclusive and balanced academic plan that takes into account the social needs of teenagers as well as the academic challenges they face everyday ensures that pupils can transition smoothly into the mainstream MYP/DP programs.
English Language Learners (ELL) benefit from an English class that focuses on concepts and skills necessary to succeed in a mainstream English class. This is possible due to the use of adapted reading materials and the implementation of current methodologies.
ELLs get to read and analyze complete books, newspaper articles, and poetry, but these are adapted to meet their language proficiency level. This is to ensure that students have acquired the necessary Cognitive- Academic Language Proficiency to transition into the mainstream MYP program.
While the Language Arts class and the Science and Humanities classes focus primarily on making academic content more accessible to English Language Learners (ELL), 7 hours a week of Language Development are geared towards the acquisition, improvement and development of Basic Interpersonal Communications Skills (BICS). Students whose proficiency level is significantly below their peers’ will be enrolled in an intensive program (10 hours a week) of Language Development.
These abilities will allow ELLs to interact more comfortably in English, ask and answer questions, deliver presentations, and feel more comfortable using English. A combination of grammar content, vocabulary, and cultural content embedded into contextualized units is the key to ensure high levels of success.
Every week, students in the ESOL program have 2 hours of Science and 2 hours of Humanities. These 2 classes are intended to develop their Cognitive- Academic Language Proficiency (CALP), and the methodology and materials used are especially designed and articulated to meet the needs of Beginner and Intermediate proficiency levels of English.
Examples of topics covered in the ESOL-Science and ESOL- Humanities classes are:
▶ The Water Cycle
▶ Countries of the World (Geography)
▶ Countries of the World (Government)
▶ How are things made?
English Language Cluster