GSIS is committed to supporting students as they develop English proficiency. Students who are still learning English have full access to all content area curriculum in a language-rich learning environment. English language teachers work with classroom and content teachers across the subjects to provide appropriate language supports for student learning. Our goal is to reduce the interference of language on content area learning while supporting English development.
Inquiry-based learning in the PYP and MYP offers flexibility for English learners to explore new ideas, solve problems, and express their learning with minimal language interference. Educational technology provides endless resources for encountering content in multiple languages; expressing ideas with images, movement, and sound; and language development in all four domains of English proficiency: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
We value the continued growth students’ mother tongue and acknowledge the benefits of multilingualism across the content areas; therefore, we encourage students to read, study, discuss, and build content vocabulary in all the languages they speak. We recommend that families engage fully in the ongoing development of language and literacy at home and in the community.
English Support in the Primary Years Program
In the PYP students acquiring English are primarily supported within the classroom. English language support teachers work with the classroom teacher on providing strategies for learning English while engaging in the Units of Inquiry and subject-specific learning like English and Math. Beginning level students receive some specific pull-out instruction.
English Support in the Middle Years Program
In the Middle Years Program students acquiring English are enrolled in English language courses according to their English proficiency. These students are also supported in their content area classes. English language support teachers work with teachers across the curriculum to make the content accessible for English learners and support students in expressing their learning.
English Support in the Diploma Program
GSIS generally does not enroll students who require English language support in years 11 & 12.