International School HCMC introduces intensive English language program

By Phong Van   June 16, 2023 | 05:00 pm PT
The Intensive English Language Program provides non-native speakers with the necessary language skills and support to integrate into the classroom effectively, ensuring a seamless transition for new students.

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is a transformative opportunity for students to unlock their full potential.

International School HCMC (ISHCMC) understands the challenges that come with joining a new school and is dedicated to making the transition as smooth as possible.

By enrolling in the IELP program, students can embark on an immersive learning experience tailored to their needs, enabling them to catch up and thrive academically.

Empower connections and well-being

A Japanese mother, Nao, was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the ISHCMC community. From helpful and kind teachers to supportive parents, her children have been able to flourish in their new environment. As a new parent, she appreciated the willingness of the school to answer all of her questions and guide her through unfamiliar territory.

"They are not just checking, but they conscientiously answer every one of my questions," she said.

Her older daughter enrolled in the Intensive English Language Program.

Nao said: "It’s very beneficial for her in terms of building up skills like speaking, writing and reading. She loves that and is willing to learn more."

Nao signed up her kids to attend the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Photo by  ISHCMC

Nao signed up her kids to attend the Intensive English Language Program. Photo by ISHCMC

At the heart of the IELP lies an emphasis on creating connections and fostering holistic development. Students are encouraged to engage with peers and teachers from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, allowing them to broaden their perspectives and build lasting friendships.

The program offers numerous opportunities for collaborative projects, both within and outside the IELP learning hub, nurturing students' social and emotional growth.

A class includes collaborative activities. Photo by ISHCMC

Classes include collaborative activities. Photo by ISHCMC

The IELP focuses on kindness, balance and well-being. Students are provided with the same opportunities as mainstream students to participate in well-being programs and activities, ensuring a healthy balance between academic studies and extracurricular engagement.

The program aims to create curious, courageous and confident individuals who take responsibility for their own learning and thrive in an immersive environment.

Seamless integration into mainstream classes

While the IELP curriculum is modified to accommodate students at varying stages of English language acquisition, the content remains aligned with the mainstream International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

This means that students in the IELP receive the same high-quality education and are held to the same academic standards as their classmates.

They benefit from a holistic approach that ensures individual success. Daily individualized feedback, project work, assessments, and online tools help monitor their progress in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Furthermore, IELP Advisory provides holistic pastoral care and regular social, emotional and academic check-ins. Students also have the opportunity to engage with the wider ISHCMC community through co-curricular activities, drama productions, music, and athletics, fostering a sense of belonging and integration.

Experienced faculty and innovative teaching methods

The IELP faculty consists of highly skilled and experienced educators dedicated to supporting students on their language acquisition journey. Led by the IELP coordinator, the team brings a wealth of expertise in language instruction and sociolinguistics, ensuring a comprehensive and effective learning experience.

Students are supported by experienced teachers. Photo by ISHCMC

Students are supported by experienced teachers. Photo by ISHCMC

Innovative teaching methods are employed to maximize language acquisition, combining inquiry-based learning and an International Baccalaureate-style education model.

Students benefit from personalized education plans, differentiated instruction, and appropriately scaffolded activities tailored to their English abilities.

The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, science, language acquisition, and humanities, aligning with the rigorous standards of ISHCMC's mainstream classes.

International School Ho Chi Minh City is a leading international school in Ho Chi Minh City, that provides a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for students from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

Offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate curriculum from primary to secondary school, ISHCMC is committed to shaping well-rounded global citizens.

For more information and to apply to the Intensive English Language Program, contact or

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