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.
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.
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.