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English Language Learning

Our English Language Learning program welcomes students who are not native English speakers. Students are assessed regularly to determine their proficiency level in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening using the WIDA framework. This enables classroom teachers as well as specialists to provide the correct level of language support to equip students for success in an English academic environment.

 

 

English Language Learning Summer Recommendations for ICSB Students

Here are some ideas to help students keep up their English language skills over the summer.  

 

ALL STUDENTS

  • One of the best ways to improve your language skills is to read—in any language! Research shows that improving reading skills in your native language can help reading in other languages. Of course, reading in English can also improve your vocabulary and comprehension skills.  
  • Keep an English journal and write about your summer. Writing just a few sentences each day can help you learn new words and improve your written communication. Try to write without translating sentences, only individual words. 

  • Listen to songs or watch videos in English. Try to write down what you hear and see if it makes sense! 

 

LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS

Log into IXL and use the diagnostic hub to practice topics at your level. Even 5-10 minutes each day can make a difference!   

  • Students from Mrs. Hausel’s classes each have a summer packet they can work on.  

  • Students from Ms. Black’s classes have a personalized IXL plan that will help them improve their reading and language skills.  

Here are some websites that have online activities for students: 

  • Flyleaf Publishing has online leveled books that review specific word patterns (Early Grades levels). There are also printable activities that can be downloaded.

  • The British Council has a variety of activities and skills for students to practice:  

  • The Voice of America has a number of lessons at different levels along with an English podcast for language learners. 

 

UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • The British Council has a variety of activities and skills for Upper School students to practice here

  • The Voice of America has a number of lessons at different levels along with an English podcast for language learners. 

  • Prepare for specific classes by watching videos on Khan Academy
    • For 9th and 10th-grade students, we recommend watching the US history course, Unit 10: Survey of US history 

    • There is also a middle school biology class that will review foundational skills for biology. 

  • Use your school login to Britannica to read articles on topics that you might see next year or that you find interesting and improve your vocabulary. 

    • After reading an article, make a list of important words and then try to write a short summary of the article using this vocabulary.