A significant number of learners enter MAHSA International School with a low proficiency level in English. Given the fact that these learners are in the digital age where they are bombarded with various information, they need both basic and advanced skills to allow them to critically analyze information they receive and to contribute to the school and wider community.
The primary goal of the ESL Programme is to provide non and limited English Proficient students with support and intensive instruction in English, which will allow them to become successful in the mainstream classroom and the school environment.
At MAHSA International our ESL programme has been structured purposefully to cater for students through the following pathways:
Entry into the English Enrichment Centre
Students with no or very little English will participate in an intensive English programme during school hours. The majority of the day is spent with our specialist ESL staff within the centre, although the students will join their cohort for classes in Physical Education, Music, Art & Design, Languages and Mathematics. They will also attend Assemblies and the Cocurricular Activities programme.
ESL Classes that run parallel to the English First Language (EFL) classes
Students learn English through the immersion process of parallel language classes with speakers of English as a first language. It is proven that by frequent communication, mainly speaking and listening, English can be picked up more affluently by a second or non-speaker of the English language.
After school and Saturday Morning ESL Programme
The after-school ESL programme runs on a Monday to Thursday after school, and on Saturday morning. There is an additional cost for these classes.
Our English as a Second Language Programme will provide individual help for students so that they can participate confidently in their regular classes. Areas worked on include - pronunciation, phonics, grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, reading comprehension and conversation. Usually, the subject area teachers will suggest specific topics and activities needed, such as “prepositions” or “Maths vocabulary”. The ESL teacher may also help the student in a particular phase of his or her regular class work (i.e. reading assignments) so that he/she can keep up with the rest of the class.
An initial interview and proficiency test is used to determine students’ placement in the ESL programme.
Most students make rapid progress in English through participating in the ESL classes, speaking and playing with their classmates.
The ESL Programme involves the following phases:
- Identification and Assessment - this will be done during the enrolment process for new students;
- Placement into the after-school ESL programme and the ESL classes in the mainstream;
- Promotion and Exit
All ESL classes are levelled so that students can progress at the appropriate pace. Small class sizes afford students and teachers ample time to focus on vital skills in small groups or on a one to one basis, depending on individual needs. With our diverse student population, we have students joining us from various backgrounds in English, ranging from complete beginners to students transferring from schools where English has been the main language of instruction. Therefore, at MISKL we have a dedicated ESL team experienced in all levels of proficiency whose goal is to ensure that students can advance not only academically, but also so that they can acquire the language needed for day to day communication and routines in an English-speaking school.