English program at BCIS

Grades 1 - 8: International Bespoke Curriculum
International Primary Years and International Middle Years Curriculum:
Beginning in the 2021 - 2022 school year, BCIS will be incorporating a new English language program that is internationally recognized and promotes global citizenship, life-long learning, independence and communication.

The Fieldworks International curriculum will be implemented in grades 1 - 8. These include the International Primary Years Curriculum (IPC) for grades 1 - 5 and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) for grades 6 - 8. Students will experience engaging and motivating lessons that will reach learners at all levels of English abilities. Our teachers will co-plan and collaborate on cross-curricular and interdisciplinary lessons that are student-centered, inquiry-based, and can build upon knowledge and skills that students learn in the Vietnamese program. The Fieldworks curriculum is designed for international learners and encourages all students to "think beyond our borders" to become more globally-minded. We are proud to continue utilizing the Canadian character education program which will be embedded in each and every lesson. This program is designed to teach students the traits needed to become good citizens in and out of school. Educating the heart and the mind is a goal at BCIS.

Cambridge Can-Do Statements and CEFR
Alongside the Fieldworks International curriculum, BCIS will be implementing Cambridge International literacy framework for students in grades 1 - 9. This framework includes literacy standards and will serve as a guideline for our teachers in the planning of lessons. Teachers will be able to easily map student progress across the various English language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure. The Cambridge frameworks are closely aligned to the internationally recognized CEFR literacy levels. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability and proficiency. Student CEFR levels will be determined by using "can do" descriptors within the Cambridge ESL framework.
For the primary and intermediate students in grades 1 - 8, the IPC and IMYC units will be a hands-on, multimodal, inspiring learning experience. Through these learning experiences, our teachers will be able to continue building and advancing students' English language ability through the implementation of student-led projects, research, presentations, and experiments. Students will be exposed to thematic units that incorporate science, history, art, music, technology, and movement/fitness all while learning about interesting, engaging, and challenging global topics, no matter their level.

EAL Support
Students who require support in studying the English language will have access to English as Second Language Support teachers who are specialised and able to provide the required support for each student. Teachers will take students out of class to provide small group support or push into the class helping students with the tasks provided by the classroom teacher.

Grades 9 - 12: Two Pathways
Pathway 1: Students continue to study the Ontario English Language Arts Curriculum for academic English or English as a Second Language.

The different classes are broken down as follows:

Academic Stream
The Grade 9 - 12 Academic Program is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary academic programs and in their daily lives. Each academic stream is intended to prepare students for the next grade level including university and college preparation courses or the workplace in Grades 11 and 12. Additional skills that students develop in these streams include, but are not limited to, note taking and notebook management, time management, critical and creative thinking, communication, and analytical skills, which are applied to the topic under study as well as the real world. The content is taken from a wide range of sources to ensure that students are exposed to diverse ideas and concepts as a way of helping them to develop global perspectives and their understanding of the world. By using various forms of literary and informational texts from different countries and cultures as well as time periods, students continue their development of global citizenship and character education. Teachers may use stand-alone lessons but also integrate these values into their daily lessons, highlighting how they apply what they are learning to their daily lives. Values like initiative, cooperation, and responsibility are continually reinforced every day in the classroom through class participation, classroom routines, and assignment completion.

English as a Second Language Stream
The Grades 9 - 12 English Program includes mandatory courses and optional courses. The mandatory courses are streamed into Core A, B, C, or D, based on learning expectations from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Core A is an entry-level English course for students with lower English proficiency. This is our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program, which is designed to develop basic language skills for beginners. Core B, C, and D are designed to further develop students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. To prepare students for real-life experiences, all Core English classes will explore the importance and values of global citizenship and character education. Teachers may use stand-alone lessons but also integrate these values into their daily lessons, highlighting how they apply to what they are learning and to their daily lives. Values like initiative, cooperation, and responsibility are continually reinforced every day in the classroom through class participation, classroom cleanliness, and assignment completion. The English Program is taught by native English-speaking international teachers who specialize in language teaching.

Options Courses
The Grade 9 - 12 Option Courses are tailored to the specific academic and professional needs of the students. Teachers develop these courses with the intention to engage students’ critical and creative thinking skills and to get the students using English in alternative ways. Each grade level will participate in different courses which will allow for variety and progression. Some topics of study include Business and Financial Literacy, Public speaking and Presentations, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, IELTS, and University Preparation. By taking these courses, students will acquire the confidence necessary to use English outside of the classroom. These courses will give students an advantage, as they will be better equipped for their professional and academic. 

Pathway 2: Integrated Program (IGCSE/A Levels + MOET Curriculum)
In grades 9 and 10 students will have the ability to choose a second pathway consisting of an integrated program between the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the MOET Curriculum. Students will study 5 of the subjects in the IGCSE Curriculum in English and the balance in Vietnamese in the MOET Curriculum. The subjects being studied in the OGCSE are English (2nd Language), Global Perspectives, Information and Communications Technology, Combined Sciences and Math. 

In grades 11 and 12, students may choose to continue on this pathway with AS and A-Levels integrated with the MOET Curriculum or convert back into a full MOET Curriculum and English Language Program as in pathway 1. 

The benefits of studying the IGCSE and A-Levels integrated program are:

  • All classes are in English and will prepare students for future international studies

  • Develops international study skills -  a focus on critical thinking

  • World recognised qualification

  • Demonstrates that you have a high level of English proficiency

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