At SIS, we deeply value our student population who represent a variety of nations, languages and cultural backgrounds. Non-native English language students who attend SIS may receive targeted English as an Additional Language (EAL) support in order for them to achieve academic success.


The Sheltered Immersion Program

The EAL Program at SIS supports English Language Learners’ language development using the Sheltered Immersion Model. Research shows that the Sheltered Immersion Model is the most effective for successful language acquisition. Because language learning occurs through active engagement in school activities and social interactions, student needs are best met in the language-rich homeroom classes. Students are not pulled out for separate EAL classes.

Structure of Sheltered Immersion Model

At SIS, EAL teachers collaborate closely with classroom teachers to address student needs, curriculum, and instructional strategies. EAL students receive direct and indirect language and content support. Examples of direct support include:

  • In class support
  • Small groups within the students' homeroom class
  • One-on-one within the students' homeroom class
  • Co-teaching between EAL and classroom teachers

Model of Delivery

Kindergarten is a full immersion program. Students’ language learning needs are met by classroom teachers, and no time is scheduled with the EAL teacher. The EAL teacher will monitor and/or test kindergarten students’ language proficiency in Trimester 3 in preparation for Grade 1.

Grades 1 to 5 is a sheltered immersion program. Students participate in the mainstream curriculum and receive targeted language support from their grade level EAL teacher and classroom teacher. Students are not withdrawn from their homeroom classes for English instruction.

EAL Website Link


Shekou International School

Early Childhood and Elementary School Mountainside Campus

Jing Shan Villas, Nanhai Blvd
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518067 PRC
Phone: 86-755-2669-3669
Fax: 86-755-2667-4099

Middle School and High School Bayside Campus

A-101, Coastal Rose Phase 2, Wanghai Road,
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong PRC, 518067


International Schools Services

15 Roszel Road, PO Box 5910
Princeton, NJ 08543
Phone: 01-609-452-0990
Fax: 01-609-452-2690

About SIS

Welcome to Shekou International School (SIS). Established in 1988, SIS is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.


Shekou International School presently has over 800 students representing more than 40 different countries including the US, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, France and Germany.

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