English as a Second Language (ESL)
In both the Primary and Secondary school, the ESL programmes have been designed to meet the needs of students who have English as a second or additional language. Our goal is to develop English language skills, which will allow children to be successful in their academic work as well as in everyday communication.
In the Primary school, ESL support may be conducted individually or in small classroom groups. This support is given at different levels and in different ways. A wide range of classroom activities is implemented, focusing on the three language skills, e.g.: oral communication (speaking and listening), reading and writing.
In the Secondary school, ESL support also aims to build up students’ English language in all three language skills described above. ESL classes in the Secondary school are organized into the following two programmes: ESL Phase 2/3 (Beginners) programme is open to students in grades 6 - 9. New students will not be admitted in grades 10 and 11 if they do not have sufficient English to meet the demands of an ESL Phase 4 programme and cope with the overall MYP/DP curriculum, delivered in English.
Please see FAQ for more information on the two programmes. The aim of the Secondary ESL programmes is to prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in the mainstream courses of the IB PYP, MYP and DP programmes.Frequently Asked Questions