Shanghai Singapore International School (SSIS) provides a highly supportive environment for students learning English as an additional language. The Intensive Support Programme (ISP) is designed to help each child reach their full potential both academically and socially within the international school setting.
Highly Supportive Learning Environment – ISP English teachers aim to provide a learning environment that will facilitate students’ adjustment to the language and culture of SSIS and aid the confident development of English proficiency. Students are taught English through academic content with exposure to rich oral and written language.
Targeted Instruction – Students are placed in flexible groupings according to their assessed levels. Students move through learning groups as their language proficiency increases.
Regular Assessments and Reporting – All students are initially tested and their progress assessed regularly using standardized assessments and a range of teacher-made assessments in line with the ISP English Language Development Standards (ELDS). Parents also receive an individualized report each term detailing progress made in the ISP programme.
Access to Online Learning – ISP students have exclusive access to online learning programmes that support language development at home.
Ongoing Support – The philosophy of ISP is to monitor and support all students for as long as necessary.
Senior School Intensive Support Programme (ISP)
As students transition from Primary School to Senior School, it is of utmost importance for them to build a strong foundation in the English language. The Senior School ISP aims to support our Grade 7 and 8 students as they continue their journey to acquire the language skills for English as an Additional Language. At the end of the programme, students will have full access to a range of language options at Grade 9/10 IGCSE and Grade 11/12 IB DP level in order to fulfil their academic aspirations.
Small Class Sizes
We ensure individualized attention by maintaining a small class size of no more than 10 students in an ISP class.
Diagnostic Testing, Assessments and Feedback
Besides the Oxford Placement Tests for all students entering Senior School, the US-based WIDA standardized test will be administered to all incoming ISP students to determine their initial language abilities. Students will also be assessed using the KET and/or the PET computer-aided tests based on the Common European Framework Level and their results will be tracked and reported to parents at the end of every term.
Four Additional English Classes
Students are immersed in an English-rich environment with four additional periods of English per week. This allows students to concentrate their learning of the English language through the development of key skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Academic Support for Additional Subjects
ISP teachers will be assigned to specific students and will collaborate with their subject teachers to provide additional support even during non-English lessons. This will allow ISP teachers to understand the unique learning profile of each student.
Involvement in Language-Based After-School Programme (ASP) Activities
Beyond the classroom, students will engage in a plethora of language-based ASPs so as to actively use the English language in a different learning and social environment, enabling the development of a holistic SSIS student.
Ease of Progression
As soon as students demonstrate achievement in the core skills, they will be poised to graduate out of the ISP programme and be extended further in a regular English class. As such, all English classes have been intentionally structured so the progression can be easily facilitated with minimal disruption to a student’s existing schedule. Students will also be assessed prior to allocation to an appropriate Chinese class.
Learning is Fun!
Apart from the delivery of lessons in a traditional classroom context, we strongly believe that language acquisition can also take place through the use of fun activities such as cooking, trips and playing games. These are regular features of our programme which are both highly enjoyable and effective for all our students.
Founded in 1996, the Shanghai Singapore International School aims to develop each student into a responsible global citizen, with a strong sense of character preparing them for success in any life or career path they may choose.