Intensive English classes at LISSA support our non-native English-speaking students to reach their language goals in a setting that helps them thrive. In the IE class, instruction is tailored to the individual needs of each student.
In the IE class this year we have been focused on including lots of hands-on and creative activities to learn and gain real-world language skills inside and outside the classroom. As well as a range of activities using resources that support language development, such as grammar, reading, writing and authentic listening activities.
Some of the activities in 2023 have included: preparing life-size posters to learn and practice vocabulary related to body parts, preparing and presenting a weather forecast broadcast, preparing our own cooking demonstration video and developing our interest in historical fiction and contemporary history by exploring a period of history that we were curious about. As well as all this and more we are still working on our eco-food project. It started with a trip to the Ljubljana vegetable market and is continuing slowly with the appearance of some green shoots on our balcony vegetable garden!
While inquiry and functional skills are at the core of the IE activities in the classroom, fostering a supportive learning environment is a key part of the student’s success. It is important to create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable asking questions and working collaboratively with their peers. By providing a safe and welcoming space for language learning, students can build social connections and feel more confident in their abilities.
Furthermore, by participating in the IE program, students can improve their academic performance across all subject areas. This is because English language proficiency is a key factor in success in other subjects, such as math, science, and social studies. By improving their language skills, students can better understand and engage with academic content, leading to improved grades and academic outcomes.
Looking to the future we are excited about starting our PYP IB unit on the theme ‘sharing the planet’ after the May holiday. A wide range of inquiry-based learning opportunities awaits us in the coming weeks!