What is the The  ABCIS English Immersion Programme?

This specifically devised  programme  allows children to improve their English Language skills whilst being immersed in an International School environment. The programme allows a combination of separate and targeted, intensive English language lessons alongside participation in mainstream class activities with their peers.

Why choose EIP at The ABC International School

The programme is specifically tailored for students to quickly improve the proficiency of their English language skills and be able to make an immediate and successful transition to our mainstream classes. As the students are interacting with children and teachers in their relevant year group, they make this transition much quicker and more smoothly.

The EIP class teachers are fully aware of what is being taught in each year group and liaise with the Heads of Year closely.

How do students in EIP classes feel it has helped their English skills and prepared them for the transition to mainstream?

Sally-6SC2

“In EIP I have been learning more vocabulary, better writing skills and more reading skills. I have also been learning how to put more detail in my essays and how to make less mistakes. I feel comfortable in the EIP class and like having the chance to improve my English skills.”

Sally – 6SC

 

Anna-6S2

“When I was in EIP, I found it to be a wonderful experience. We learnt a lot about how to be confident doing presentations by standing in front of people. In EIP we learnt to write about ourselves, talk about films and TV shows and practise using the Past Simple. I liked EIP because I could practice speaking English, learn how to use correct grammar and make new friends too!”

Anna – 6S

How long do students stay in the EIP CLASS?

The educational progress of each student in the EIP class is reviewed on a termly basis by the EAL Department and the Heads of Year.  If it is felt that a student has made sufficient progress in their English language skills to allow them to access all areas of the curriculum in mainstream , then they may  be taken out of EIP at that time and start full time in an appropriately aged class. Sometimes additional support may still be given by the EAL Department but this will be less intensive and on a needs basis. No student should need to remain in EIP for longer than one academic year.

How do I apply for an interview for my child?

To apply for an interview please contact the school office who will guide you through the school admission procedures. However, if after looking at the outlined samples of admission criteria for the EIP ,you are still unsure whether your child is suitable, please ask the office to make an appointment with Mr Jim, Head of EAL/EIP, who will be pleased  to discuss the matter with you.

Which students is this programme aimed for?

The programme is aimed at students who already have a certain level of English, but who may not have enough to pass our entrance levels for mainstream admission.

What level of English will be expected for admittance to the program?

Please click here to see a sample of the likely required English Language abilities required for consideration of pupil gaining admission to the EIP classes.

What is taught in the EIP classes?

We have developed a separate EIP Curriculum that has been based around the British Curriculum. The programme concentrates on improving existing skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. This is done through targeting the particular skills they need to succeed in the mainstream classroom.

How is the EIP Programme structured?

There are two EIP classes. Both classes are based in Key Stage Two [Upper Primary]

Year 3/4 for students aged between seven and nine years of age.

Children attend the class for all registration periods in the morning when PSHE will be taught. They remain in the EIP  class for eighteen of the twenty nine weekly teaching periods.

The children also attend the following lessons with a mainstream class in their appropriate year group :

Mathematics, Science, PE, Swimming, Music and ICT

Year 5/6 for students aged between nine and eleven years of age.

Children attend the class for all registration periods in the morning when PSHE will be taught. They remain in the EIP class for fifteen of the twenty nine weekly teaching periods.

The children also attend the following lessons with a mainstream class in their appropriate year group :

Mathematics, Science, PE, Swimming, Art/ DT, Music and ICT

Please clickhere to see the outlined weekly timetable.