Our Secondary Bilingual English program is a vocabulary-driven, history content-based English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program which uses the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards. For more information about the curriculum, please visit our curriculum page.
The Secondary Bilingual English department is located on the fourth floor of the Secondary building of Clifford School's main campus. We are charged with teaching English through the four language domains of speaking, writing, reading, and listening as well as Western Civilization (social studies). There are more than 700 students in the Secondary Bilingual - most of whom are Chinese but with a large South Korean contingent.
The Secondary is divided into middle school, grades 7-9, and high school, grades 10-12. The students receive Chinese instruction in their homerooms on the first three floors following the Chinese Ministry of Education official curriculum. In addition, the students have "Chinese English" teachers who focus on the English tested on the national exams at the end of grade 9 (jio kao) and grade 12 (gao kao).
While the students are grouped in their Chinese homerooms into classes 7A, 7B, 10A, 10B, and so on, the Secondary Bilingual English department groups the students based on their English levels and continued growth. Students have opportunities to move up (or down if the current level is too challenging) four times per year.
Our teachers are all native English speakers.
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*Credit: Ms. Gorrell
*Credit: Mr. Macfarlane; Mr. Richards, and Mr. Lee