Mastery of the English language is crucial for each student to be successful at an international school. TIS offers a rigorous academic curriculum designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in an English-speaking university. Due to the fact that students come to TIS from a variety of academic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, TIS provides language support based on individual student's needs as determined by an evaluation team. To determine the level of English language support needed, all non-native English-speaking students are tested for English during the admissions process. The team uses standardized criterion-based assessment as well as historic grades and classroom performance to guide decision-making as to the level of support needed.
The English Language Learners (ELL) Program develops individual learning plans for non-native English speakers from Grade 1 – Grade 9 according to the English language needs of each individual student. The ELL Program is a continuum extending from intensive English instruction to structured English Language support as the student transitions into the regular classroom. Through close interaction with parents and TIS Staff, ELL teachers provide students with help in all areas of language acquisition (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to reach a high level of English language proficiency and achieve full participation in TIS curricula.
Students will be assessed periodically, to monitor progress and language support needs, with the end goal being that the student gains the language skills required to become an effective communicator. When students enter high school, they are expected to function without support from Language Services. Each semester students may be tested to assess progress. Alterations may be made to the student's programming to allow for the services that will best foster independence, yet offer support for success.