Aligning the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program to Foster Second Language Acquisition for English Language Learners

To date, there is no curriculum that aims to align the English Language Development standards within the International Baccalaureate framework. Without English Language Development standards written explicitly into lessons to support the English language learners, it is nearly impossible to monitor the English proficiency of these students. This project integrates the necessary English Language Development standards within a scientific unit in which students study the world’s predictable patterns. The curriculum taps into students’ personal funds of knowledge which brings their own personal relevance to the classroom. Through this curriculum, students develop necessary, foundational English language skills while still being presented the rigorous curriculum they are so capable of. The ultimate goal of the project is to narrow the achievement gap for English language learners so they avoid the stigmatizing label of a Long Term English Learner. This is done by providing differentiation and access points as well as removing the language barriers for both Emerging and Bridging English language learners. By removing these language barriers, English language learners have equal access to the International Baccalaureate Framework like their monolingual peers.