- Immersion Model
Besides Literature and Language Arts, PE, Music, and Art will all be taught in English. Students will receive about 50% of their classes in English. Because of the amount of English classes, it really is not necessary for students to attend a Cram School after the regular school day. By having more classes in English, students should feel more confident and be more motivated in their English learning skills.
- English Ability Grouping
Students will take a placement test before they enroll in our school. Based on their English ability, students will be grouped accordingly. At the end of the school year, students will be reallocated based on their English abilities at that time. All textbooks and materials will be suited for the English ability of each student. Through our ability grouping, we endeavor to ensure that the individual needs of our students are met.
At this level, the Pearson series Reading Street forms the basis of the Language Arts Curriculum. Students who have been extensively exposed to English, and whose English is on a first language or near first language level fall into this category. Cognitively, they should comprehend the text within the book without too much explanation. Comprehension skills and their application to the text should form the focus of this level.
The mainstream level makes use of the My Sidewalks series from Pearson in its curriculum, apart from grade 1 who would also use Reading Street Readiness. The rationale of this series is to build students’ English abilities using material which is more approachable to students who have had intermediate exposure to the language in their prior education.
The transition is geared toward students who have not been exposed to much English. The curriculum is centered on the Cornerstone series from Pearson, which is an ‘English as a Second Language’ (ESL) specific series. This series is designed to help students get on level in English speaking territories as naturally as possible.
- Small Class Sizes
According to research, students’ ability to learn is increased when class sizes are lower, with an average of 18-20 students per class. With this in mind, we try to keep our student numbers as low as possible so as to allow teachers time to focus on the individual needs of the students within their care. English classes each have a Foreign English teacher (FET), and a Chinese English teacher (CET). The students see their FET’s and CET’s at different times during the school day. FET’s and CET’s focus on different aspects of language acquisition, but collaborate in the design of lessons and the care of the students.