ESL and EAL

Inspiring students to communicate on the world stage

INSPIRING STUDENTS TO COMMUNICATE ON THE WORLD STAGE

NAVIGATING A GLOBAL LANDSCAPE

At CIS, we’re committed to shaping and nurturing world citizens through a truly international education. Part of that includes equipping students to navigate changing global landscapes and environments through a variety of diverse, communications-based methodologies.

ESL AT CIS

English is the primary language of instruction at CIS. The key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are highly valued, and support is given for English language learners to develop language skills in mathematics, sciences, the humanities and the arts.

At CIS, we place all students new to English in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. Becoming a confident English Mainstream Learner is goal number one in order to prepare students for this world of multiculturalism and globalisation.

ESL is taught during English lessons – 12 per cycle in PK-5, and 6 per cycle in Grades 6-12. Moving to mainstream from ESL occurs upon 85% achievement in ESL examination 1.

EAL AT CIS

English as an Additional Language (EAL) supports students new to learning in an English-speaking environment and strengthens the English Immersion Program through emphasis on supporting Social Studies, Math and Science.

Students remain in EAL even after being mainstreamed from ESL, as the EAL environment supports the learning that occurs in the mainstream classroom. Eventually, students leave the EAL classroom. This usually occurs at the beginning of the student’s second school year at CIS, but is decided in consultation with the ESL Coordinator.

THE POWER OF WORDS

Students have shown they enjoy this exploration of their host country, which allows for greater differentiation between teaching and learning. Consistency in language choice is important at CIS.

We encourage all students to continue with one additional language throughout their time at school. Some students may choose to study their mother tongue, usually with the help of a tutor outside the CIS ecosystem.

IB guidelines are followed in allowing students this opportunity. Admissions thoroughly checks past records and, in conjunction with the IB Coordinator, appropriate Additional Language selections are made at the beginning of Grade 11.

ALL EAL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Communicate effectively face to face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • Develop subject specific vocabulary
  • Focus on personalized learning to fill gaps or weakness in their English literacy
  • Follow and comprehend the news, school events, and projects assigned by all subject teachers
  • Gain confidence in oral expression
  • Receive help in all other curricular subjects
  • Share opinions and mood in spoken and written English
  • Write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
  • Write letters, reports, stories and other text

EAL teachers support the newly integrated mainstream student; the recent graduate of the ESL program. Secondary Students must remain in EAL for at least one term after joining mainstream English. In Grades 9-10, the two-year nature of those syllabi will keep the EAL student in EAL for two years – Grades 9 & 10. EAL is not a part of Grade 11-12 or the IB Diploma program.

Full Day Kindergarten

Promotes life-long learning

Additional classes for the ubiquitous needs of an International Student

Students from 24 Nationalities

ABOUT CIS

CIS is a culturally-rich mosaic, serving each student by providing a world-class international education, nurturing potential, developing life-long skills, and preparing students for an ever-changing global community.

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