Middle & High School EAL Support Course Descriptions

English Language Learners (ELLs) in Middle School and High School receive language support in different ways, depending on their grade level.

Middle School students are supported in their core classes (Humanities/Language Arts & Science/Math) following the Sheltered Immersion Method (SIM) with regard to English language development.  All students in MS attend all core subject classes; an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher comes into these classes to give extra, targeted language support.

EAL support teachers collaborate with subject area teachers and each other to plan and support language acquisition. In this way, teaching is differentiated for ELLs and student learning is maximised.

In addition, ELLs in grades 7 & 8 attend an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course.  See full description by clicking on this link:  EAP for Grades 7 & 8.

High School ELLs in grades 9 & 10 attend a Literacy Development course ; and in grades 11 & 12, ELLs have the option to attend a Language B IB course.

For more information on our EAL program at SIS, please email us at eal@sis.org.cn.

Resources to support English Language Learning


1. SIS Library Blog:   http://share.sis.org.cn/elemlibrary/

  • Tumble Book Library:  http://asp.tumblebooks.com/ : an online collection of animated, talking picture books or  “e-books”. Once you log-in you can choose TumbleBookCloud Library or TBCjr which is for older children (TumbleBookCloudjr).
    • Students need to log in and use a password once they get to the site
  • TumbleBooks Jr:  students need to find the link at the bottom of the site.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: This offers non-fiction reading opportunities and will read the text aloud. The login and password information is on the parent portal.

2. Starfall: www.starfall.com (also available as an app for iPad) – for younger readers

3. Newsela: www.newsela.com (news articles, by reading level) – for older readers

4. We Give Books: http://www.wegivebooks.org/books

The books on the site are free to read and in e-book format. You can also donate to this organization and give books to children in need!

5. American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/alsc/2015-summer-reading-list

American Library Association) has some summer reading lists. Parents could use this to help their children decide on books. However, it is important that parents do not see this as a prescribed list of books that must be read. They are suggestions.

6. Apps for iPad and iPhone

Parents and students may wish to consult the following site: https://www.commonsensemedia.org when they are considering which apps to purchase or movies to watch. There are recommendations and reviews based on a variety of criteria including educational content, age levels, and engagement.


  • Play Sight Words 2, Gr. 1 & 2  (eFlashApps, LLC)
  • Sight Words List – Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games (Innovative Mobile Apps)
  • Sight Words by Photo Touch (Innovative Investments Limited)
  • Sight Words Ninja – The Endless Slicing Game to Learn to Read (Innovative Investments Limited)
  • Word BINGO (ABCya.com)– this has sight words by grade level


  • SpellingCity (SpellingCity)
  • Spelling Kit (TapToLearn Software) – this is a bundle of 4 fun spelling apps


  • Epic! Unlimited Free Books for Kids   (Epic! Creations Inc)
  • News-O-Matic   (Press4Kids) – Kid friendly news articles, by level
  • National Geographic Kids  (National Geographic Kids)


  • Toontastic  (Launchpad Toys)  – create stories with a plot, can add characters and make them move, record yourself talking


  • Mad Libs  (Penguin Group, USA)
  • Comparative Adjectives  (Innovative Investments Limited)

6. English language games online:






7. Computer software: http://www.worldofreading.com/cat-esl-software—preschool-to-elementary-school.cfm

  • recommended for younger or beginning ESOL Students

Summer activity suggestions

Dear Parents,

The summer vacation is almost here and some of you may be looking for ways to help your children maintain the progress they made in English this year.

The Elementary School EAL teachers have posted some suggestions and resources in the ‘Parents’ tab above. The post has been translated into Chinese and Korean in case you wish to read it in those languages.

There is also information about a class for Grades 1 – 3 in the SIS Summer Camp program so if you are in Shekou during the vacation this may be of interest to you and your children.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful summer with your families.

The ES EAL Teachers.

Chinese New Year in Grade 1

Grade 1 students celebrated Chinese New Year this morning. Students moved through the four classrooms to experience a number of Chinese New Year activities.

With the help of some of our parents, students made (and ate) delicious Spring Rolls. They danced in Lion Dance costumes, made a Chinese New Year decoration, and received their lucky red envelopes containing chocolate money.

A fun time was had by everyone!