Middle School

English

In order to contribute to the development of a bilingual profile of our students, the English Language continues to assume an extremely relevant role at this stage with an extensive and demanding curriculum that is structured and linked to what was established in the national curriculum.
A cohesive pedagogical team, equipped with the necessary tools for a coherent and effective pedagogical practice, ensures a more demanding and complex curricular structure at the level of the specific contents of the English Language, characterized by the broadening of the study plan, with specific work sessions for the development of oral skills and English Literature and preparation for the certification of our students by the University of Cambridge.

St. Peter’s International School is determined not only to continue the teaching excellence that distinguishes it from other schools, but also remains at the cutting edge of the best pedagogical methods, and has introduced the Streaming methodology into the English subject at this stage.

What is Streaming?

The streaming method integrates our students into a group that allows them to optimize their progression in language learning according to their level of linguistic proficiency. Streaming does not mean identifying and grouping students according to their cognitive ability. It is about grouping students with similar language needs in order to enhance their learning.
In order to achieve this goal, students with different levels of language competence consequently have different requirements with regard to the language learning context. In addition, students have a faster and more consistent progression in their language skills in classes with a similar level.

This will enable teachers to ensure that students have the opportunity to progress in their learning as required. In practical terms, the teacher can focus on a number of factors which may be appropriate to the specific needs of the class, such as the essential learning for each level; the complexity of the language used in classroom instruction and the various materials to be used; the appropriateness of the language level of the materials to be used in the classroom; the way in which feedback is given to students on their progress; criteria and assessment tools specifically designed to reflect students’ progress in their learning according to international frameworks as far as language learning is concerned.

The groups are formed according to the following criteria:

  • the level of Cambridge certification exam taken by the student and its result;
  • the level of linguistic progression of the student and his/her more specific needs;
  • students without certification or who have not taken a certification in the last two years, and students who have recently enrolled in school, will take a diagnostic test (Oxford Placement Test), together with an assessment of their oral competence;
  • preparing students for their University of Cambridge certifications with higher standard, focusing on specific skills for each level.

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