QSI has an excellent Intensive English program.

Overview of the Intensive English Program at QSI

At QSI, children from many language backgrounds come together for a successful learning experience. Students are expected to flourish in the classroom no matter what their English level is when they first come to QSI.

The Intensive English (IE) program at QSI is there to support students whose English level is not yet high enough for the standard reading and language arts classes. The goal of the Intensive English program is to allow students to quickly catch up with their other classmates in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


Intensive English classes at QSI Chengdu

At QSI, students receive two periods of Reading & Writing Literacy daily.

Students 5 years old and younger will stay with their class during this time and be immersed in the English language. From age 6 through secondary, students with a need for English second-language instruction will attend Intensive English classes during the Reading & Writing Literacy periods. These Intensive English classes consist of smaller groups of English language learners. During this time, students receive English language instruction suitable for their language level. For most of the rest of the day, students rejoin their homeroom class for other subjects such as Mathematics, PE, Art, Technology, Music, and others. Teachers in these classes accommodate and differentiate for language learners to allow them to be successful in these subjects even as students are learning English. In addition, most Intensive English students will have an additional period of English language support later in the day in place of Languages Other than English classes.

For Science & Cultural Studies, students 6 to 10 years old will stay with their homeroom class and be exposed to and immersed in the content subject. For ages 11 through secondary, students receive separate Science & Cultural Studies instruction adapted to their level of English.

Assessment Tools

We use several tests to determine a student’s English level in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These tests are given when a student arrives at QSI, as well as throughout the school year to measure the student’s learning progress.

  • IDEA Language Proficiency Test (IPT):  used for determining a student’s level of spoken English.

  • Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System: used to evaluate a student’s English reading level.

  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): a test taken by all QSI students to measure progress in reading and language use.

Exiting the Intensive English Program

Once students have reached a level of English in both everyday and academic English that allows them to follow the standard Reading & Writing Literacy classes, they exit the Intensive English class and join their peers in the standard classes. Typically, students will be expected to reach a language level in speaking, reading, and writing about one grade level below a native-speaker level. Even after students join their peers for reading and writing classes, they continue to receive support in their English learning.

Our goal is to allow students to make this transition as quickly as possible.

IE says hello in many languages, but goodbye in English!