At UISZ 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.
New students whose first language is not English take an internationally recognised placement test. The results of this test will determine the level of support students will receive to develop their English Language Proficiency more effectively.
The English Language Acquisition classes are organized into six phases. The phases do not correspond to particular age groups or MYP year levels. Students do not necessarily begin in phase one – they can begin at any phase, depending on their placement score and/or previous experience learning English, and may transition into English Language and Literature if they demonstrate high levels of proficiency in phases 5 and 6.
While the Language Acquisition classes focus primarily on the development of communicative abilities, 3 hours a week of Academic Skills classes are geared towards supporting the acquisition of English and improving and developing social skills and study skills in English.
The abilities gained in these classes 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.
To make sure ELLs do not fall behind in their studies, UISZ has put together a support scheme that includes differentiated instruction in Arts, Maths PHE and Design and a Structured English Immersion (SEI) model in Sciences and Humanities
English Language Cluster