Language Policy at IELEV
In accordance with the school's stated mission, The Language Departments of IELEV High School aim to help each student develop communication skills to the fullest potential by providing a curriculum geared to enhance listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is also placed on developing the self-esteem and confidence of our students so that they become independent learners. We also believe that we must provide a nurturing, friendly environment in which they are tolerant and respectful to other cultures to enhance learning, to promote the open exchange of ideas, and to allow the students to feel comfortable enough to discuss their problems with learning.
IELEV High School prioritizes a trilingual learning environment. In terms of the organization of languages, Turkish is our native language and English and German are the foreign languages. In our school we only have native Turkish students, no foreigners. Before students are enrolled in prep classes, they are given both German and English placement exams to see if they should be in the English or the German class. The students in the English class study 20 hours of English plus 8 hours of German a week. It is 20 hours of German and 8 hours of English for the German class. Students are mixed in grade 9 as they are expected to have reached a certain level of English and German (B1 level) proficiency in order to succeed academically. The students who can’t pass prep class are given another official exam in the following September. If they are successful, they can pass to grade 9. In grade 9 they have six and in grade 10 they have five hours of English and German per week. At IELEV learning world languages is an integral part of becoming a world citizen. That’s why the GIB program is highly appreciated by all stakeholders of the school. Both English and German are offered in all grade levels and learning other foreign languages is encouraged. The principal objective of IELEV language policy is that all students will be competent in both languages. Students will be offered SL and HL English and HL German in the DP. Language teachers implement the language policy by using English/German inside and outside of the classroom for interacting with students.
Students at İELEV are considered as individuals who have different learning styles. Teaching methods and techniques are chosen accordingly so that every student’s needs are met.
The culture associated with the target language is also taught inductively. Culture is considered an important aspect of learning the language.
The classroom is devoted primarily to activities that foster acquisition of L2. Learning activities involving practice and drill are also assigned as homework.
Cooperative teaching and learning methods are applied especially in lower and upper secondary.
The language department at İELEV School is engaged to lead cross-curricular projects in school. While making research about World War II, they analyse documents written in
Turkish, German or English. Students are aware of using their language as an instrument to get information from different resources which has a beneficial effect on their motivation towards studying languages.
Review Process: Teachers have different linguistic backgrounds in IELEV so announcements, ceremonies, webpages, emails, documents are delivered in three or two languages depending on the teachers current linguistic profiles and proficiencies. The default language is determined considering the current linguistic demography of the faculty at the beginning of every academic year. On the other hand, all of the students’ first language is Turkish, so they are expected to be proficient in English and German as a second language. Every year, students’ Language B scores are reviewed in accordance with language teaching strategies.
All subject teachers are regarded as language teachers. They give importance and encourage students to use the instrument “language” properly and accurately in order to communicate and express their ideas.
* CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is emphasized and encouraged throughout the academic year. Besides, there have been professional training sessions as required.
* IELEV High School, science and mathmetics are taught in German and English respectively from Prep grades to 12 th Grades.
Our objectives are streamlined in development and implementation across grade levels.
To ensure that students build up their skills for DP objectives are planned accordingly in each grade level.
LANGUAGE DEPARTMENTS’ CULTURE POLICY
Students who graduate from IELEV will
There are some school-based initiatives regarding languages. For example, Math, Physics, Art lessons and some social activity clubs (MUN, Debate, EYP, DI) are taught in English whereas Chemistry, Biology and an activity club (GMUN) are taught in German as the language of instruction and participation.
IELEV is thinking of participating in exchange programs with other countries where the students have an opportunity to practice their foreign languages in an authentic setting, usually in German or English speaking countries.
As teachers are a central point from which policy is turned into practice, it is essential that teachers feel empowered to actively take on this responsibility and be equipped with the proper training. So new staff members are informed about the policy by other members of the department through department meetings and are expected to implement it. If teachers feel in need they are sent to training and knowledge is accessed through seminars and conferences.