Optimal conditions for ESL student academic success
Responsibility for the English language development and academic success of ESL students at Frankfurt International School is shared by 5 groups of people. The groups are listed below, together with their particular responsibilities:
ESL teachers They are responsible for organizing a suitable programme of studies so that students are given i.) the direct assistance they need to be successful in their mainstream classes, and ii.) optimal instruction to facilitate the development of their English proficiency. ESL teachers also are responsible for training other faculty in issues concerning the ESL students in their classes, and for advising parents on how they can most effectively support their children.
[ESL at FIS]
Mainstream teachers As well as their responsibility for teaching the content and skills of their subject, they also have an essential role to play in the development of the language proficiency of the ESL students in their classes.
Administrators They are responsible for ensuring that sufficient resources are made available for effective ESL programmes. They also have an essential role to play in hiring suitable faculty and enabling ESL training programmes for mainstream teachers. [Advice for administrators.]
Parents They can provide an great amount of support and assistance to their children, particularly if they are knowledgeable about the most effective ways of facilitating language and subject learning at home.
Students The four groups of people listed above can create the best possible circumstances for English language learning to take place, but the students themselves have to do the work. Good students know who and when to ask for help. Conscientious and attentive students usually learn more quickly.