Candorshrine offers a specialised ESL programme to students whose first languages is not English. Such students are taught English as a Second Language.
The aims of the programme are:
- to help students communicate in English in their day-to-day lives
- to help them understand classroom instruction.
- to help them integrate and make friends.
How the programme works:
Placement: First the student is assessed to see, If he has any knowledge of English and if so how much. Accordingly, he is put in the beginners, intermediate or advanced level.
Immersion: The student is given intensive instruction in English until he acquires basic skills in English. The student is instructed using a variety of techniques such as reading, role-play, narrating incidents or stories, reciting and writing. The aim is to improve the student's ability to read, write and speak in English. He is given a vocabulary of commonly used words. Each student is taught according to his abilities and needs.
At first other subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are also taught through ESL. This builds their vocabulary of words in these subjects.
Mainstreaming: While all non-English-speaking students are taught ESL, it is also important that they do not remain isolated. Therefore in music, art, physical education and other non-academic activities they participate with the rest of the class. As their understating of English increases, they begin to study other subjects such as Mathematics and Science with the rest of the class with extra support from the teacher. Care is taken to see that the student understands what is taught in the mainstream class.
This combination of intensive instruction in English and mainstreaming for some subjects works very effectively. It enables the students to remain at par with their peers in all areas of the curriculum and communicate with teachers, peers and the outside world.