HIST SENIOR SCHOOL Years 10 & 11 ESL UPDATES
Bulletin 3, Weeks 5 and 6, Semester 1, 2018-19
2018 -2019 10/12/2018
Dear Senior School Parents and Families,
After working hard in 2017/18, students who took the Cambridge tests on June 23 and 30, received their Cambridge Certificates at the September 30 Assembly.
As we progress through the first semester, milestones in each student’s life continue. For many students, they have stood up in front of their classmates and teacher and presented their ideas in their own words using a structured system to improve their English language skills. This may seem like a small achievement for many, but for students who don’t know each other, it takes courage and determination. At Haileybury, we are always proud of these first steps and we are patient to move students through this process.
During the National Holiday, students were given the task of describing their hero. Many students carefully prepared descriptions of physical and personal characteristics and achievements. Some chose family members, super stars, sports stars or historical figures, which they presented in the class to a high standard. The focus on structuring a presentation and building their public speaking confidence is evident.
Year 11 Presentations 11年级学生展示
Year 11 students in Speaking and Writing class: Focusing on intensive writing and speaking skills using descriptive techniques in structured paragraphs and practicing their PET speaking skills Part 3.
Students are required to discuss in a structured format a description of what they see. Prior to this, the students would have written a description, including a physical description, and sometimes their opinion, in order to layout their thoughts, with details in an organised manner. This supports students in gaining confidence in organising and structuring information. It is one of the key skills in preparing students for higher order thinking and critical analysis. Both activities require students to use the same language and grammatical structures. The pictures show students presenting a descriptive paragraph to their classmates, which they had written collectively. Working in small groups supports students in collaborative work as well as teamwork.
Basic steps with structure are some the building blocks of acquiring a second language. By focusing on details with support from teachers and peers, students are building their descriptive vocabulary.
The ESL programme continues to focus on the needs of each student at their level. We have been able to reduce the sizes of classes as we have two new ESL teachers on board. The purpose of smaller class sizes is for the teacher to give more attention to detail with the students with individual mentoring and coaching.
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.
We continue to put the welfare and needs of the students first.
At Haileybury, every child matters, every day.
Cheryl Ann McKenna
Head of English as a Second Language Programme
Haileybury Tianjin International School