The term English as a Second Language (ESL) refers to an instructional program for students who are learning English as an additional language and whose level of English Language proficiency precludes them from full participation in learning experiences provided in the school. The purpose of the program is to increase the English Language proficiency of students so that the English language is not a barrier to achieve success in the classroom. We provide a challenging and comprehensive curriculum for all students and acknowledge the diverse range of skills, abilities, talents and learning styles of each individual student.
ESL students are identified through initial assessments such as:
Structured interview to assess Oral Communication, Listening and Speaking Skills
An assessment of Reading and Writing Skills
Surveying of the School records
Recommendations by classroom and mainstream English teachers based on specific criteria given
Placements decisions will also consider information from entrance exams and interview with parents,
The assessment results will provide information about the type and amount of support the students will need to develop English Language Skills and bridge gaps in learning. In the light of the assessment administered the students enrolled in the Learning Support Programme are provided with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that defines the teaching strategies that best suit the student’s needs.
ESL Department provides programs and support through several methods such as:
The regular classroom with support of modified curriculum
Additional support will be provided through an intensive program designed to accelerate the student’s acquisition of proficiency in everyday and academic English.
Small groups; allowing for more individual attention
Direct individual sessions when required
To enhance learning team teaching will take place where an ESL and mainstream teacher share responsibility in both teaching and planning for classes
Parent Support Group Meetings (PSGM) are scheduled for parents where the educational outcome of the student is discussed followed by setting goals which will be evaluated and new goals put into action once the student has progressed and improved in the needed areas
Our fully equipped Learning Support Unit enhances students learning and caters for students with ESL background. Individual Educational Plans are designed by the qualified ESL Teachers guided by the ESL Coordinator to make learning as easy, enjoyable and effective as possible and is tailored to meet the linguistic and academic needs of student.