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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Student Support Services program for ESOL

Hangzhou International School welcomes students for whom English is a second or other language. HIS designs its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to enable English Language Learning (ELL) students to become proficient in English as quickly as possible. High school students (grades 9-12) are expected to be fluent in English. Every student enrolled in the school is placed in a grade level classroom with native and non-native English speakers, regardless of ESOL level.

Our ESOL program provides both push-in and pull-out services to ELL students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Students’ English proficiency levels are assessed and their progress reported in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our grade level and ESOL teachers take the language needs of all learners into account when teaching their lessons.

We expect that students who have little or no prior knowledge of English will take a year or two to reach a good communicative level in all aspects of the language. Students with a good communicative level of English will take a further 2 to 3 years to achieve a good academic command of the language equivalent to a native English speaker. All students are different and there will be variation between individual students.

For more information, please see relevant sections in the Student Support Services Handbook.

Our Lower School Team

Steven Stankiewicz

Steven Stankiewicz

Titles: E.S.O.L. Teacher
Valerie Van Elswyk

Valerie Van Elswyk

Titles: LS ESOL Teacher