Determining an appropriate English bridging program.
It is agreed by many that the determining of how many weeks English preparation an international school student needs prior to entry into mainstream classes should be decision of the school faculty or, the school faculty in discussion with the preferred English Language College used by the School. iSTARTOnline understands that no two schools are the same. Where one school may offer English bridging support programs another may not. There should not be a 'one-fits-all' approach based on testing results alone. Test assessment providers may not have the knowledge of each school's ESL, ESOL, EFL, support or combined immersion programs. One school may have an intensive English-second-language (ESL), (ESOL) or (EFL) program within the school - another may not. A school may decide that a student can more rapidly improve their English due to the unique immersion programs they conduct or because a student is in boarding and living with English native speakers. Schools may wish to combine support programs with subjects such as art, music, sport or IT classes to enable the student to enter into the school earlier rather than later. Whatever the situation, our belief is that the school should be in control of determining the preparation weeks required before entry into mainstream classes. For this reason, Edutest does not provide a pathway recommendation. Schools hold school reports and background information about the new student. These together with the assessment reports provided by Edutest should provide the ability for a school to plan the bridging pathway. Should however a school need guidance in determining an appopriate length of bridging weeks apprpropriate for a student, iSTARTOnline is able to provide that guidance and direction to a school as needed.
School academic staff are professionals and have the expertise to assess a student if provided school reports and an educational assessment report of a student's English, Mathematics and Abstract Reasoning ability. Faculties know what support programs the school is able to offer a student and plan an appropriate bridging program. Often schools use a preferred English Language College who are able to discuss directly with school staff an appropriate duration for English prior to entry.