English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The International School of Hyderabad acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of the student community and works to ensure equal access to education for all. We promote an atmosphere of integration and respect among students by enabling those with limited English proficiency to work as close to grade level as possible in the areas of listening, speaking, communicating, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, as well as developing intercultural understanding as they settle into life in Hyderabad, India.
In the Elementary School (Grades 1-5), ESOL is delivered in two ways:
Intensive – students attend ESOL classes three (45 minutes) sessions per week in order to consolidate their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Student numbers in these classes are kept to a maximum of three, in order for them to reach their full potential. These are done on a pull out basis with the ESOL teacher.
ESOL in the mainstream – ESOL teacher support is provided in class where clusters of students with limited English proficiency benefit from language support.
An entry level document is filled in after initial observations and a class based assessment, to ascertain the level of competency in English. A plan is then worked out for the student by the ESOL and grade teachers. This gives students a sense of confidence to tackle further learning. ESOL support is provided until the child can participate in grade work through differentiated instruction. During this phase, the ESOL teacher provides curriculum support within the classroom, collaborating with the subject teacher during the planning and implementation of the lesson. This service covers subject areas other than English, depending on the need of the student. Parents receive regular communication and material is provided for home use as well.
In the Middle and Secondary School (Grades 6-12), ESOL is also delivered in two ways:
Intensive – students attend an ESOL English class in their year level for a maximum of five lessons per week in order to consolidate their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Student numbers in these classes are kept to a minimum. There are usually less than five students per class.
ESOL in the mainstream: The ESOL teacher support is provided in mainstream for English classes and in subjects such as science, geography and history, where clusters of ESL students benefit from language support. This is organized according to the student’s needs and teacher availability.
Students are identified for ESOL support according to the following criteria:
- A language other than English is the main language of communication at home which results in limited English proficiency for the particular grade.
- The student’s communication skills are so basic that they are unable to fully participate in class/school activities independently.