ESL Parent Coffee

Many thanks to all parents who attended the ESL coffee morning earlier today. It felt great to see so many friendly faces at the various workshops on offer. In addition, it was particularly encouraging to observe parents demonstrating a willingness to act as role models for their children by accepting the challenge to take a linguistic risk and engage in the collaborative learning exercise ‘Find Someone Who’.

Welcome to Grade 5, School Year 2016-17

Welcome back to the start of the academic year 2016-17. What better way to begin the new semester than with a whole school assembly featuring our esteemed principals Ms. Harrington and Ms. Pekin rapping rhythmically on the stage, much to the delight of our wonderful Middle School students. Here’s to another great year at ISM.

Happy Holidays!

During our final EAP lesson of the academic year, we played a couple of fun online games together, including this excellent vocabulary building game.

My best performance so far is 25,100 points, so should any of my wonderful EAP students want to practise their vocabulary skills over the summer, you can do so by clicking here. If the above link does not work, please use the following URL:

If anybody can beat that score, (and you may use your parents’ help to try to do so), please take a screenshot as I have done below documenting your score and send it to me by email over the summer. Then you can come and see me in August to claim your sourtape as a prize.

In the meantime, can I take this opportunity to wish you all happy holidays over the summer. Thank you all for a great year of learning.

Best wishes,

Mr. B.

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Analyzing Change

As part of our Quarter 4 unit of study on the subject of Change, our wonderful EAP students have been learning about the causes and consequences of the tsunami that devastated north-eastern Japan in March 2011.

In their final summative assessment of this academic year, they will be recording themselves giving an oral report, explaining the impact which the tsunami had on Japan, and how learning about it has changed their thinking.

More information on the tsunami can be found in the video links below.

Home country presentations

After learning about how to incorporate various persuasive strategies into their work, all of our wonderful EAP students were requested to create a structured text containing a series of arguments designed to convince the reader to visit their home country.

The students were then asked to use the text which they had written as the basis for a multimedia presentation using visuals and possibly sound.

Some of the awesome slideshows and movies they made can be seen below.

Happy viewing!


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Using Persuasive Strategies

This week our wonderful EAP students will be learning how to use and incorporate persuasive strategies into their work. After analyzing how to use such strategies as logos, pathos, ethos and kairos, students will then be given the opportunity to create their own multimedia advertisement, encouraging people to visit their home country.

The following film on visiting Great Britain is an example of what their finished product might look like.


Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments


This week our wonderful EAP students have once again begun completing their latest Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments. These reading tests will be on-going for some time and they will provide useful data pinpointing each child’s current reading level, together with the progress they have made. In addition, the assessments provide us with useful data on the exact challenges which students face when reading aloud and how well they are able to analyze the content of a text.


After reading the short story Omega File 349, our wonderful EAP students have been recreating some of the characters from the text using a website called A selection of the interesting reincarnations can be seen below.

These first samples show the animations created by the students speaking with their own voices:

Ai – Arla

Asuka – Arla

Zinedine – Johnny Cook

Ori – Johnny Cook

Stan – Johnny Cook

Hana – Me

Hanjun – Johnny Cook

Seungbihn – Johnny Cook

Sam – Jude

Aoi – Johnny Cook

Jeanne – Jude

Sawapo – Johnny Cook

Kota – Arla

Christian – Arla

Sayaka – Johnny Cook

Koharu – Jude

Seung Jae – Arla

Minjae – Johnny Cook

Genildo – Hawker

Risako – Johnny Cook

Moe – Arla

These additional animations feature the characters speaking the text written by the students:

Ori – Jude

Ai – Jude

Stan – Hawker

Asuka – Johnny Cook

Zinedine – Hawker

Aoi – Hawker

Seungbihn – Hawker

Jeanne – Johnny Cook

Hanjun – Hawker

Hana – Misaki

Sam – Johnny Cook

Sawapo – Arla

Sayaka – Arla

Joel – Johnny Cook

Koharu – Arla

Christian – Hawker

Kota – Johnny Cook

Seung Jae – Johnny Cook

Minjae – Hawker

Moe – Jude

Genildo – Arla