English Language Learning
The language of instruction and common social language at TCIS are English, and we support ELL students to learn academic English while advancing in content studies.
English Language Learners (ESL) at TCIS
TCIS is an international school with a diverse student body that has a variety of cultural backgrounds and learning needs. With this diversity comes a variety of linguistic experiences and language acquisition needs. As an IB World School, TCIS strives to adhere to the IB’s recommendations with regard to provisions for language learning and to support for the language used as the medium of instruction: English.
However, TCIS understands that our students have a variety of levels of English language proficiency as well as many different learning experiences wherein English has been the medium of instruction. TCIS strives to meet these many and varied English language needs through specific curricula and courses that focus on English Language Acquisition and also through an in-class English learning (ESL) co-teaching program in subject areas that are comprised of challenging academic language which can be difficult for ESL students to grasp, such as PYP units of inquiry, MYP Humanities, MYP Science, and MYP Design.
TCIS employs teaching staff who are experts in the field of English Language Acquisition and who are dedicated to implementing our English Language Acquisition co-teaching program. These staff are also responsible for teaching our English Language Acquisition courses and, thus, can use their knowledge of the ESL students’ strengths to identify how they can meet the expectations of their subject areas.
Goals for the TCIS English Language Acquisition (ESL) Program
TCIS is proud of its diverse student population, including the diversity of linguistic backgrounds and English language proficiency levels that our students possess. In this regard, TCIS strives for inclusion of all ESL students within its mainstream curriculum and courses. TCIS also strives to provide as much support as possible for ESL students to engage fully with the content of their courses while also developing their English language proficiency in all four language domains: reading, speaking, listening, writing. Our ESL students’ progress in relation to the WIDA Framework is monitored regularly, and, as a result, the TCIS ELA Program is adjusted throughout the school year to meet current ESL students’ needs.
English Language Support Programs
TCIS is a member of the WIDA International Schools Consortium (WISC), which is a network of international schools that subscribe to the “World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment” (WIDA) model for English Language Acquisition. This model was developed in 2002 in the United States in order to help schools improve their ELL services through enhancing ELL students’ academic language development as well as improving their academic achievement.
WIDA consists of high-quality English Language Development Standards and a set of assessments for all four language domains (reading, speaking, writing, listening). WIDA also provides professional development for English Language Acquisition teachers as well as for subject area teachers who need support for their work with students who do not possess English language proficiency.
TCIS uses WIDA’s English Language Development Framework and assessment to drive the delivery of its ELA Program across grades K-12. In addition, TCIS provides teachers with professional development to assist them with the delivery of their varied and academically-challenging curricula to all students, including ELL students.