English proficiency is essential for students at YCIS Shanghai. Students for whom English is an additional language may participate in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme (sometimes referred to as English as a Second Language (ESL)). The English proficiency level of all non-native English speakers is assessed on entry to YCIS, and language programme placement is determined on an individual basis.
All four language skills are taught: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and applied to developing literacy across all areas of the YCIS curriculum.
The length of the programme is determined by the level of the student's English proficiency, and their progress towards the levels of competency required for effective participation in the YCIS curriculum. The increasing importance of academic language development as students’ progress through primary to secondary may require that students remain in EAL for longer than one academic year.
By building and developing English proficiency in every student, YCIS helps establish a foundation in a critical communication skill that is necessary for future success.