School's out for another year...back to school for all teachers on Monday, August 21 (new staff on Thursday, August 17) and for students on Monday, August 28.
Have a great summer!!
Students can attend EAL (English as an Additional Language) instead of a World Language. This means that they will continue to study their mother tongue outside of school within the context of a self study programme, coordinated by the Mother Tongue Coordinator. This enables them to develop all the necessary skills to become truly bilingual, and will also give them the opportunity to attain a Language A in their mother tongue and a Language B in English at IB level (or, by then, perhaps two language A’s).
The MYP EAL programme does not align with the Language B curriculum. The time spent in EAL is focused on individual coaching, conferencing and learning, enabling students to access the entire curriculum in the English language medium. It is highly personalized and not necessarily contorted to the language B stipulations, themes, areas of focus and interactions. During the hours in which they are not in the EAL environment, the students are fully exposed to the rich and varied MYP programme; thus, the time spent in EAL is spent learning individual skills, techniques and the specific vocabulary needed in order to access this rich curriculum. EAL exams are performed twice a year; however, the main opportunity for assessment is provided by the general exams taken by the students, especially the grade level English exam.
If it is in an EAL student’s best interest to study a World Language in school, other EAL support opportunities will be tailored into the student’s learning programme. In some instances there may be an additional fee for this.
In Grades 6, 7 and 8, MYP assessment rubrics can be modified to take into account the individual situation of our EAL learners. In Grades 9 and 10, according to MYP policy, the rubrics cannot be modified, but the delivery of the teaching and the assessment formats can be personalized to help EAL students to convey their learning. In instances of high EAL need, all MYP students can be provided with a dual reporting system; one according to the MYP rubrics and one relative to the targets they are meeting on their EAL individualized learning programme (Grades 9 and 10) or their modified MYP rubrics (Grades 6, 7 and 8).
Students who require extra support with their English are given personalized support, individually or in a small group. This is very much focused on the context of their research and the assignments required in their subject choices. There are no separate reporting and assessments for this provision, the results of which are integrated in the subject grade.