High School LEP 2013-14 Guidelines

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    Maple Leaf International Schools

    High School Language Electives Program (LEP)
    2013-2014 School Year

    Rationale for the LEP Program:

    l  Build the students’ language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar.

    l  Build the students’ higher level thinking skills by posing and answering more inferential questions.

    l  Reinforce the development of the students’ language proficiency that is required by the high school BC program.

     

    Program Placement:

    l  There are three programs in the High School: Foundations, Bridging and Full BC. Each new Gr. 10 student must write the placement test in order to be properly placed.

    l  The placement test is implemented by the LEP Center of each school after the student passes the initial English assessment at the Admissions Office.

    l  The majority of new Gr. 10 students will write the placement test during the summer three-week orientation program in August each year.

    l  The Writing Component will be administered by the LEP Director based on the Instructions for Scoring Original Composition for Placement (September 2012)

    l  LEP Directors will need to do Anchoring and Training for teachers involved in the invigilating and marking the Original Composition for Placement.

    l  Based on the oral assessment (four categories—very weak, weak, good and excellent) and the standardized placement test (the full mark is 70), following are the criteria for students’ placement:

     

    Maple Leaf BC High School Grade 10 English

    Proficiency Test and Program Placement Benchmarks

     

     

    Oral Interview

    Standardized Test

    Writing Component

    Program Placement

    1

    Good or excellent

    50-70

    3.5 +

    Full BC

    2.       

    Good

    40-49  (36-39 possible)

    2.5-3.5

    Bridging

    3.

    Weak

    26-39 

    1.5-2.5

    Foundation

    4.

    Very weak 

    Lower than 25

    <1.5

    Beginners

     

    Note:

    a)      If a student’s standardized test score is between 45 and 49 but his/her oral performance is excellent, and his/her writing is strong (3.5+)  he/she may be placed in the Full BC program.

    b)      If a student’s standardized test score is 36-39, he/she may be placed in the Bridging program if his/her writing is 3.0-3.5.

    c)      After the student is placed in a certain program, the course instructors may get more information on his/her language ability. If the student’s language proficiency is obviously higher than his/her current level, he/she will be interviewed by the LEP director and may be placed in a higher program. If the student is to go to the Full BC program, the promotion must be approved by the BC Principal or designate. This change should be made within the first month.

     

    d)      If the student has passed the BC Entry Exam in June and then writes the Summer School Proficiency test, placement is based on the HIGHEST of the two scores.

     

    Program Description:

    1.      Foundations:

    Students who are placed in the Foundations program typically study for two semesters (one year) before they can enter either the Bridging or the Full BC program. The Foundations curriculum is as below:

     

    Semester One

     

    Semester Two

     

    FLA (bilingual tchr)

    FLA (bilingual tchr)

    Communication (Intn’l ESL)

    *Active Living (BC)

    Chinese Course

    System

    Common

    Exams

    1.FLA 

     

    FLA (bilingual tchr)

    FLA (bilingual tchr)

    Media Literacy (Intn’l ESL)

    *Canadian Learning Essentials (BC)

    Chinese Course

    System

    Common

    Exams  1.Full BC

     Entrance

     

    Note:

    a)      For the Foundation LEP courses, the passing score is 50%. Any mark lower than 50% must be labeled as ‘I’ on the report card. For ‘I’ marks the actual percentage should be noted in the comments along with a plan for support. The passing grade for BAA courses is 50%.

    b)      If the Foundations students pass the FLA common exam with 80% or higher, they can be considered for early placement in Bridging next semester.  On teacher recommendation, exceptional students (86% and above) may be allowed to write the BC Entrance exam for entry into Full BC Grade 10 for the next semester.

    c)      If the Foundation students fail the BAA course (lower than 50%) at the end of Semester One, they will get no BC credits but they can take a new BAA course in the following semester.

    d)      In Dalian, Tianjin Shanghai and Luoyang, the Foundations students are to take one Chinese course each semester from Sept. 2012 as required by the local governments. In Wuhan, Chongqing and Zhenjiang, there is no such requirement yet so the students are not to take any Chinese course until Sept. 2013. (We checked with all the Chinese Principals.)

    e)      At the end of the school year, Foundation students will write the full BC Entrance Exam.  The final mark will be calculated as follows:

     

    20% Media Literacy + 40% (FLA 2) + 40% of BC Entrance Exam

     

    f)  Marks Breakdown (Combined):

             more than 70%                qualifies for Full BC Program – Grade 10

    60-69 %                             Gr 10 placement requires recommendation from FLA teachers and approval of LEP Director

    50-59%                              placement in Bridging

    <50%                                 must attend Summer Program

    <40%                                 may repeat Foundations 1 time

     

    2.      Bridging:

    Students who are placed in the Bridging program typically study for one semester before they can enter the Full BC program. The Bridging curriculum is as below:

     

    Semester One

     

    Semester Two

     

    IESS (ESL tchr)

    IESS (ESL tchr)

    BC course

    BC course

    Chinese Course

    System

    Common BC Entrance

    Exam

     

     

    BC Course

    BC Course

    BC Course

    BC Course

    Chinese Course

    BC Exams

     

    Note:

    a)      Bridging students can move on to the Full BC program in the following semester if they pass all their LEP courses as well as the BC Entrance Examination. The final mark will be calculated as follows:

     

    Bridging in 1st Semester

    Bridging in 2nd Semester

              Term 1       30%

              Term 2       30%

             BC Entry       40%

              Term 3       30%

              Term 4       30%

             BC Entry       40%

     

    Marks Breakdown (Combined):

             more than 70%                qualifies for Full BC Program – Grade 10

    60-69 %                             Gr 10 placement requires recommendation from FLA teachers and approval of LEP Director

    50-59%                              placement in Bridging

    <50%                                 must attend Summer Program

    <40%                                 may repeat Bridging 1 time

     

    b)      Low level Bridging students may benefit from taking the CLE (BAA) course instead of taking 2 BC academic courses in their second semester.

    c)      Top Foundation students (86% average) who are highly recommended by their course instructors will be given a chance to write the BC Entrance Examination with the Bridging students at the end of Semester One. If they pass the exam with 70% or above, they can move to Full BC in the following semester without taking the Bridging program.  

    3.  Students who score 36-39 in the Standardized Test may be considered for     
    Bridging if their Oral Interview (3) and Writing (3-3.5) scores are strong. This
    decision must be made in consultation with the LEP Director.

     

    4.  Students who score lower than 25 on the Standardized test and WEAK in their
        Writing and Oral Interview may be placed in a full immersion beginners
        program. The students in this program will not be offered the BAA courses. This
        needs to be strongly communicated to Admissions, parents and student
        applicants.

     

    5.  Pre-10: 

    Students in the Pre-10 program have been screened for language proficiency prior to registration.  These students generally have strong academic skills and a proven work ethic.  Their placement in Grade 10 is based primarily on their performance on the BC Entrance Exam.

          

            Marks Breakdown on BC Entrance Exam

             more than 70%                qualifies for Full BC Program – Grade 10

    60-69 %                             Gr 10 placement requires recommendation from teachers based on daily performance and marks – may take Summer School

    50-59%                              go to Summer School

    <50%                                 consider Foundations

     

    BAA Course Operation and Management

    l  Instead of regular BC ministry Gr. 10 courses, two BAA (Board/Authority Authorized) courses are to be provided for the Foundation students, one course each semester. They are instructed by BC certified teachers. If the students pass the BAA courses, they earn four credits for each course. If they fail the BAA course in Semester One, they will earn no credits but take the other BAA course in Semester Two.

    l  BAA course teachers are under the jurisdiction of the LEP Director.

    l  Chinese teachers who are teaching Foundations Language Arts (two blocks) may provide academic support twice (at least).