Posted on 7 December 2017

Streaming policy of English and French L2 (S1 to S3)

As not too much information is available on this policy, we have put together information received through teachers and school management. Since 2016 the school has established socalled higher level classes in L2 English and French, an exception of the normal policy of the school to have mixed ability classes. The syllabus for L2 in English/ French is to teach A1 level in S1, A2 level in second year and B1 level in third year. That is what is required by the syllabus as developed by the board of inspectors for all language sections. The school has created one advanced level group for the L2 French and English courses in S1, S2 and S3, which will bring together pupils who demonstrate a level of skill far above that of the rest of the group not only in speaking but also, and more importantly, in writing. (This system will not be put in place for German L2 as we still have only one group for this language).

The official skill level to be reached remains the same for all groups. It will be evaluated in a similar manner for all groups throughout the different tests and exams.

By creating this group the school feels the pupils (who are by far the most advanced), will benefit by being able to work with material more suited to their level, whilst also increasing the quality of differentiation across the mixed ability groups. As the skill levels within the other groups will be balanced, no bottom group will be created. Each group will therefore be more homogeneous, which means that teachers will more easily be able to reach their goals through differentiation.

The makeup of the groups should in principle reflect that of this year, although the groups may fluctuate a bit depending on the criteria set by teachers.

Of course, opinions will differ about differentiation, but the majority thinks that differentiation improves when the set of abilities across the group are more evenly spread.

Goal: By S4, the gap between classes should be minimal and all classes should be ready for the same material.

According to the school no criteria was decided for the assignment of teachers. The teachers of each year group were asked to discuss who would take the group and they agree on the person between them. If possible, for the sake of continuity, students will have the same teacher for years 1, 2 and 3 – then the classes are completely mixed up again and a new group with a new teacher exists for years 4 and 5.

For years 6 and 7, the groups are changed again, as is the teacher – sometimes, however, changes of teacher happen other than these scheduled changes because a member of staff finishes a contract or decides to leave.

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