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Students as Learners of Language

Students as Learners of LanguageA recurring topic of professional conversations at SIS is about students as learners of language.  In the information rich world of today, skillful use of language is critical.

There are many languages spoken by SIS students at home  and for some students there may be more than one.  For those who speak a language other than English at home, they are learners of the home language and of English.  Others who speak English at home may only be  developing  skills in one language as a home language and Chinese or French as another language.  But all students are learning to use language to better understand the world around them and effectively communicate about it with others.

It is important to involve parents in what is being done at school to support language learning and to talk about what can be done at home. Several events organized by SIS teachers during the year create opportunities for that involvement.

Last night, the elementary classroom teachers hosted the K-5 Curriculum Night. They offered a variety of workshops with activities for parents and children to do at home to support learning.  Among the workshops were those focused on language development including reading, writing and vocabulary.  Again, it was emphasized that all children are learners of language.

Early in the year, our ESOL teachers hosted an Information Meeting.  They presented a thorough explanation of the program at SIS followed by small groups focused on specific issues and ways for parents to help their children.  The feedback from participants was enthusiastic.  Many specifically appreciated hearing an emphasis on the continued development of the home language.

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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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