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The ESL program serves students from Grades K-10 who require additional language support to help them fully access the mainstream material. Students who may require language support are identified in the Admission process and referred for further assessment. Placement in our sheltered immersion program is based on a range of data collected through the Admission process.
Learning both content and language is a formidable challenge for all language learners. With specialized instruction in the English Development Classes (EDP) in ES and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes in the Middle School and High School. The ESL program at ISM is designed to help language learners acquire communicative and academic English skills required to successfully access the grade level curriculum.? face this challenge and help them succeed.
ESL instruction at ISM is an integral part of each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 10 and supports a sheltered immersion model.In this model of teaching and learning, language specialists work alongside classroom teachers and content specialists to deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all language learners. Teachers work together to ensure that students develop both the language and skills they need to be a successful learner in the classroom.
Click on the following links for more information or visit the Elementary, Middle and High School to know more about each school's ESL Program.
To be accepted into the program, students are epected to meet the ISM admission and minimum language competency requirements for their specific grade levels.
At ISM, we recognize the importance of maintaining and developing literacy skills in a student’s first language. Research has shown that children with well-developed literacy in their first language are able to transfer those skills to the second and subsequent languages. This means that the better developed a child’s reading, writing and oral communication skills in their first language; the easier it is for them to learn the same skills in English. Further, the School believes that:
We have an enormously diverse student population at ISM and we believe this provides the students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about other languages and cultures from each other. This rich diversity also means that we are unable to provide first language classes for our students, so we rely on parents and families for first language maintenance and encourage families to make a conscious effort to do so.