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How Can You Help at Home

How can you help at home So how can parents help support their children’s learning at home?

We shared some strategies with parents on Friday. These strategies included having interesting books and dvds in English available at home, having a dual language dictionary available as well as encouraging older children to make up their own personalised  dual dictionaries. Taking part in play and physical/ sporting activities with other English speakers also speeds the learning process. There are also some fantastic internet sites– some of which provide read-along books and fun vocabulary activities.

Linked closely to this is a question we’re often asked (and another  statistic). How long does it take to learn English? Well, a study of 700,000 language learners over a 14 year period (Thomas & Collier) came up with the following findings. Students between 8 to 11 years old with some previous schooling in their mother tongue took 5-7 years to reach the same level in academic English as native speakers. Students with little or no schooling in their mother tongue before the age of 8 took 7-10 years.

This shows how important it is that students continue to speak and learn in their mother tongue at home and out of school. It makes a big and positive impact on their abilities to learn English at school. Reading, watching television programs and speaking in your home language really helps children to improve their English.

Finally, be patient with anyone learning English, it takes time to learn any language. But don’t be discouraged, since (final statistic) more people speak English in China than in the USA!

To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis



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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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