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Our ELA Program is designed to create a lifelong love for language and literature, and goes beyond traditional teaching methods, with a goal of creating passion for reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking in our students.

We have based our curriculum on the CLIL (Content and Language Intergrated Learning) model of teaching which has proven to be extremely succesful in European countries and is recently gaining popularity in America. It is is designed to provide young learners with an immersive and engaging educational experience

This curriculum seemlessly and holistically integrates language instruction with content from other subjects such as Science, Social Studies, Geography and History ,fostering language acquisition while expanding students' knowledge in various areas.
ELA lessons generally have a PBL or a CORE focus depending on the objectives of the teacher. Our professional and trained teachers work hard to find a balance between learning content from a variety of subjects whilst focusing on improving the 4 Core English skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.
In the true nature of CLIL, language and content teaching are hardly ever separate and CORE objectives are always combined with PBL content to create real-life learning in the medium of English.
With a focus on four different themes, our curriculum allows sudents to learn about life from various perspectives. Above is an example of our Sharing the Planet theme from Grade 1 to 6.
You can learn more about our Core Standards here:
Although the YES philosophy is No Testing, and we do not generally have subject tests, the students take the TOEFL Step 1, Step 2, and Junior tests twice a year in order to help us measure their English ability accurately, place them in level-appropriate classes, and identify CORE areas of language that need improvement.

The results of these tests are based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) which ranks the students from A1 (lowest) up to B2 (highest). 

By the time students graduate from YES Elementary, we find that almost all have achieved a score of B1 with many students achieving the highest rating of B2. For reference, here if a chart of CEFR ratings compared to the Eiken test.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our ELA curriculum. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us via the CONTACT form.
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