网传人均英语母语水平？带你走进北京乐成国际学校英语学习，探秘IB。 Language: it forms the basis of all our thoughts and knowledge, it is how we communicate and form relationships and it serves as the pathway to new cultures and ideas. How can your child successfully learn language, especially if it is a second or third language like English or Chinese are for many of our BCIS students? BCIS has a robust language learning program integrated with its IB curriculum framework that enables learners of varying language proficiencies to become confident speakers, readers and writers who can use language to travel to new destinations on their learning journeys.
Language learning at BCIS is a comprehensive process that starts in the Early Childhood Center (ECC). The ECC employs a play-based pedagogy where young learners begin their journey through the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The process of play-based learning encourages students to acquire language skills naturally through communicating with their classmates and studying the world around them. Classes for the toddler age group comprise of a balance of Chinese and English, ensuring students develop a strong understanding of vocabulary and can express their questions and interests. Nursery classes transition students to greater use of English, slowly getting young learners acclimated to an English learning environment. This steady pace ensures that each student’s personalized language learning journey is carefully planned.
The foundation of language that young learners build in the ECC prepares them for the next stage of their journey in the Elementary School (ES). The ES also follows the PYP curriculum framework grounded in transdisciplinary inquiry-based learning. Students’ homeroom classes are all taught in English, giving students the opportunity to develop English in a variety of subject contexts. However, use of mother language, translanguaging (utilizing multiple languages) and code switching (the ability of bilingual learners to alternate between languages) are actively encouraged, allowing students to fully express themselves and deepening both their conceptual understandings and language acquisition. Classes and activities at BCIS emphasize the importance of children’s mother tongue, as students who are confident in their first language can transfer their knowledge and skills to English and additional languages more easily!
Every exploration is different, and all learners are unique. This is especially true when it comes to language, so BCIS ensures that personalized scaffolding for langauge access to the curriculum is available to all students. The ES English as an Additional Language (EAL) team provides one-on-one and group teaching to students in the specific areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing both within and outside of homeroom class. Students focus on both Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS – not to be confused with our school’s name) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). BICS develop more quickly and involve practical social language. Although CALP takes longer to develop, it is important for students to truly master English in the classroom setting. The EAL team provides reading and writing workshops, fluency and intonation practice, word study, phonics practice and many more targeted activities to ensure students reach their English learning destination.
As students embark on the next stage of their educational journey in the Secondary School (SS), they move from a mixture of homeroom classes to later selecting their High School subject courses. BCIS offers a variety of language classes for students to choose from through Middle School, including both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) courses in High School. New language learners can choose ab initio (from the beginning) courses, which BCIS offers for both Chinese and Spanish. Students looking for more of a challenge in Chinese can select Chinese B, a more advanced course. Meanwhile, students looking to further sharpen their academic English can take courses on language and literature. This wide range of courses ensures that language learning remains personalized in the SS, and challenges students to further their travels through the world of language.
Although subject courses are more disciplinary-based in the SS, language learning is still quite transdisciplinary. Students take concepts from English and apply them in all their subjects through reading, writing and verbal communication. Core classes such as Theory of Knowledge (TOK) provide students with a cultural and historical context for language learning. This immersive linguistic environment serves as a map to ensure that the students who graduate from the SS are never lost no matter where their journeys take them. Many students are awarded bilingual IB diplomas, signifying their proficiency in multiple languages. With the support of the school, BCIS students become confident language learners who can express themselves in any language they choose, and this confidence can take them on a voyage to any destination in the world!
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在乐成幼儿园部，课程以“探索式玩中学”为教学理念，以PYP框架中的培养目标为指导，利用卓越的设施、精心设计的课程，激发孩子的早期发展。为了让孩子更好适应和过渡，小小班采用澳洲早期学习框架（The Early Years Learning Framework，简称EYLF），中英文教学配比基本上是五五分，孩子们在老师的引导下发展社交能力；小班到大班则选用IB PYP探究课程，除了中文以外，其他均为全英文教学，整个幼儿园阶段采用玩中学的学习方法，以游戏为基础的学习过程鼓励学生通过与同学交流和观察周围世界来自然地获得语言技能。整个课程让幼儿慢慢适应英语学习环境，稳定的节奏和个性化的课程设计确保了每个孩子循序渐进地掌握英语。
进入中学阶段，课程围绕四个培养目标展开，即创造性思维、批判性思考、关联性探究及目的性实践的四项影响力展开，这个阶段除了中文课和西班牙课，其他科目均为全英文教学。6-10年级的学生进行MYP八大学科的学习，即语言与文学、个人和社会、数学、科学和艺术等学科。11-12年级学生则学习DP大学预科课程，IB课程体系六个类别的学科组和三门核心课组成。这其中，乐成IB的六组学科里一共有两组语言课程，分别是语言文学研究（Studies in Language Literature)（适用于母语水平的学生）和语言习得（Language Acquisition）（适用于非母语程度的学生），这两组语言课程除了中文，还有英语、西班牙语等。开设两门语言课程的目的是要让学生学习国际意识、全球理解、跨文化理解和批判性思维，同时培养学生的语言与文学鉴赏能力。而学习母语是为了让学生了解自己国家的文化、历史和价值观，在语言和文学中获得愉悦并对它们产生终身的兴趣。
除了坚持始终以学生为中心的个性化教学之外，乐成在学生服务（Student Support）也有面向全校学生不同领域的定制项目，从咨询（Counselling）、学习支持（Learning support）、儿童保护政策（Child Protection Policy）到英语作为非母语学习的语言辅导项目（English as an Additional Language，简称EAL) ，全方位给予处在不同身心发展阶段的学生所需要的支持与帮助。