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English Language Development Program (ELD)

Chiang Rai International School recognizes the importance to students in acquiring a highly-proficient level of academic and conversational English in order to meet standards and personal achievement goals. To this end, students are assessed at the time of admission and thereafter on a regular basis throughout their school years to track competency in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. In cases where students do not yet possess the English skills expected of their grade level, they are required to enter the English Language Development Program (ELD).

All students at CRIS whose first language is a language other than English are given the Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey before admission. Those students who score a Level 1 or 2 will be re-assessed annually for English language development, using the WIDA MODEL assessment.

Level 1 Services: Students in Grades 2-5 who have an English language score of Level 1 receive separate classroom instruction with the ELD Teacher. The instruction is two to three lessons/ week, depending on the grade level and student needs. Students in Grades 6-8 who score Level 1 attend a complete English Language Arts class with the ELD Teacher, 5 full periods/week. This class uses curriculum based on Common Core standards.

Level 2 services: Students in Grades 2-8 with an English language score of Level 2 receive in-classroom support most days of the week for their classes, including ELA, Social Studies, Science and Math. This support is provided by an ELD Teaching Assistant.

Level 3-5 services: Students with an English score of Level 3-5 receive mainstream classroom instruction. All classroom teachers have received, and will continue to receive, professional development on ELD topics such as: differentiating lessons for students at all language levels, strategies to build academic vocabulary, and activities to build oral language skills.

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