HIST SENIOR SCHOOL
Years 10 & 11 ESL UPDATES
Bulletin 1, Weeks 1 and 2, Semester 1,
Dear Senior School Parents and Families,
The Academic year, 2018/19 has gotten off to a strong start. For the year 10’s, the students completed a placement test according to Cambridge International Standards during Military Camp week. From the first week of classes, students were in their correct classes, with their experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, on the programme designed specifically for their ESL level. For the year 11’s, the students were also placed in their classes according to the ESL level based on the data from the 2017/18 Academic year.
The ESL programme continues to focus on the needs of each student at their level. Students are taking the number of classes they need in year 10 in order to progress to a B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale by year 11. For year 11’s Senior School has also fine-tuned each student’s ESL classes depending on their needs to progress to B2 by the end of this academic year. The focus is on engaging, motivating and challenging our students, along with equipping them with the ESL skills and tools to function effectively in their other subjects such as EAL, Maths, Sciences, and Studio Arts. Year 11 requires focus and hard work and progress largely depends on the effort the students are willing to put into their studies. We continue to trust they will put their academic welfare first.
All ESL classroom teachers follow Haileybury’s strict teaching guidelines of ‘I do, We do and You do.’ The focus and support to the students in each class is, either the teacher is addressing the ‘whole class’, a group of students or an individual student’. Group work and pair work are fundamental in second language learning and all ESL teachers are trained and experienced in this method.
The following are a few snapshots of ESL classes these first weeks with some positive comments from their teachers.
"New year 10 students have started the semester strongly with a great spirit lifting both our hearts and minds. We have begun by reviewing and revising topics and grammar that, while familiar, are still challenging. Our themes have included summer holidays, home life, arts and entertainment and exciting lives. We look forward to a successful semester full of achievement.
Year 11 students guided by ESL teacher during intense practice work. Students are working on structuring an ‘agree/disagree’ essay for their speaking and writing class. They are actively engaged and focused.
The experience with my year 11 students has been very positive and reassuring and I look forward to working with and supporting them to reach their full academic potential.
Classes started this semester with critical thinking and problem-solving exercises, which got students discussing ideas and solutions to problems ending with a piece of writing describing the process and answering the question ‘why’.’’ An example is one textbook topics for one year 10 levels where fashion was discussed and about how things are different from the past. Overall, the first two weeks have been productive and satisfying.
At Haileybury, every child matters, every day.
Cheryl Ann McKenna
Head of English as a Second Language Programme
Haileybury Tianjin International School