The Study Preparation Program (SPP) at OFS is designed to enable those students who enter the school without sufficient academic English skills to join and succeed in the mainstream classroom as quickly as possible.
Students prepare for mainstream courses taught in English through:
SPP is divided into three levels, Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level takes a semester to complete.
In Levels 1 and 2, all subjects are taught by SPP English language specialist teachers.
In Level 3, students join mainstream classes for Mathematics and they add an elective subject (e.g. Art, Drama, or Music).
Students for whom English is not their first language will sit an entry placement test. Information from this evaluation will guide decisions as to the most suitable placement of the student.
Once in the program, ongoing assessment of all students takes place. At the end of each semester, teachers meet to discuss the progress of each student and make decisions about the student's readiness for the next level.
If a student is recommended to exit the SPP and enter the mainstream, the Academic Advisors will use the assessment information to help the students select a suitable course of further study.
Language skills develop best through communication in classes and social situations inside and outside the classroom. In this way teachers, fellow students and family members all contribute to enhancing your child’s acquisition of English. The staff encourage you to work together with us and to take an active role in the education of your child.