One of the great strengths of the school is in language acquisition. Many international schools focus mainly on speaking ability, but we at BVIS focus on the whole language experience: reading and listening with deep comprehension; writing with skill, effect and appreciation of genre. And this beyond just a single language.
This year as we have planned for the new academic year, we have recruited wisely to accelerate as far as we are able this process of language acquisition through effective teams of dedicated staff. If proof were needed of the success of past programme, one only needs to look at the IGCSE examination results – examinations taken solely in the English language. 51.4% A* and A grades is stellar and the students sitting those examinations will have been in the school for no more than 4 years.
In addition, interviews that took place this week for the election of Head Students revealed an extraordinary ability to express complex, emotional issues with a depth of honesty and self-awareness that was deeply touching. The interviews were conducted in English, at pace, with such fluency. I am so very proud of all those who put themselves forward for election.
These are just two of the ways that we have seen the results of our approach thus far. We want all to benefit even more, and to this end, we have constructed a team in Primary that will assist the wonderful language development that as a school we seek.
There are now three outstanding English as an additional Language (EAL) practitioners. They bring a dedication and skill to all their interactions. Led by Erin Wright, Sam Lane and Whitney Wilson get into class more often than withdrawing students to help them in their learning environments. In addition we have 3 Vietnamese Learning Support teachers who get into assist the students understanding of their own language needs but also to access the curriculum strongly. Graded reading in both Vietnamese and in English, writing skills bases again in both languages and opportunities to share all language experiences really are making a huge difference to the students.
Haejin Hwang is our Korean Liaison Officer working in Admissions to smooth the way for Korean students to join the school and settle in it. With her own deep interest in education, she is also able to get into the classroom to see students in action and to help them in what may be their third language. In addition, an advert has been placed for a further Korean Learning Support teacher to assist in this growing and wonderfully talented group.
Further strengthening of the team in Secondary allows us to declare with confidence that language development is a key strength of the school. Further training for all staff as they cement content and language learning in every classroom will commence again this year as we reinforce still further our provision. We certainly have a ‘Can Do’ attitude amongst our staff and this is very strong too amongst the teaching staff on behalf of the children. And it is, as ever, our pleasure and privilege to do so.
Do please get in contact with the school if you would like to know more.