As an international school, Woodstock welcomes students from around the globe. The cultural and linguistic diversity of our student body provides unique opportunities for all the students at the school. For many Woodstock students English is not their first language; over 50% of students enrolled speak a language other than English at home. Therefore, the English language lessons and support are essential for students to develop proficiency and fully engage in the rigorous school curriculum.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) department works to help learners master the necessary English skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In order to achieve this, we offer a “structured immersion” programme to students from grades 5-7. This begins with an intensive foundation course. As students become more confident with their language skills a differentiated programme is provided within the regular classroom. This may include advanced individualised support for students in the senior school. The ESL department is mindful of the importance of a student’s home language as being essential to cognitive growth, as well as enabling the student to retain cultural and emotional stability.
- To identify students who may require ESL support as early as possible.
- To assess and review student progress in order to provide individualised teaching and learning.
- To liaise with parents and teachers in order to provide effective support
- To develop the English-language proficiency skills of all English Language Learners (ELLs) to an appropriate grade-level. Inparticular, we focus on..
- developing an understanding of English grammar and language structures
- building background knowledge in all content areas to prepare students for learning objectives on all academic courses.
- focusing on English speaking, listening reading and writing skills.
- increasing knowledge and accurate use of academic vocabulary used in other content area courses.
- improving critical reading skills in order to effectively comprehend and respond to a variety of texts.
- To be attentive to the social and emotional factors that may influence a student’s wellbeing.
- To encourage students to continue developing their home language skills.
- Enrollment in an ESL course taught by an ESL-certified teacher and designed to target specific language-acquisition and communicative skills.
- Enrollment in an accompanying ESL Tutorial class which is a non-credit and non-graded supplemental course for additional assistance.
- Participation in the regular curriculum to give ELLs an opportunity to learn with native-English speaking students.
- Participation in additional enrichment activities to provide students with a social context for improving English-language proficiency. These enrichment activities will involve a variety of different areas including sports, outdoor activities, community service, the arts, spirituality and cultural activities.
- One-on-one or small-group tutoring assistance from older high school peer tutors often of the same native language.
- Common European Framework of Reference for languages: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (CEFR)
- World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA)
Please click here for a description of the four levels, with the language indicators.