Grades 7 & 8 Junior High Courses
Grades 9-12 High School Courses
|Foreign Language||Foreign Language 1||0.5|
|Foreign Language 2||0.5|
|Communications 1 and 2||0.5|
|Literature Studies 1 and 2||0.5|
|Composition 1 and 2||0.5|
Language Arts Program
TAIS operates an English Language Learner program for students who aim to study U.S. high school-leveled
courses but initially do not have the requisite English language skills.
Students applying to TAIS will be given an English competency test covering grammar, writing, reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students who meet the minimum US high school English standard will be accepted into the TAIS U.S. high school program.
Students who test in at a lower English level will be placed in the Language Arts Program at their competency level. TAIS’s Language Arts program focuses on improving the English level of its students so they can be promoted to the regular U.S. high school program.
The Language Arts program is divided into 3 skills components: Communication, Literature Study and Composition. Students will need to take and complete the Language Arts program as an academic requirement.
High School Language Arts Program
Students will take High School Language Arts classes that cover six main areas of the English language each semester: Grammar/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Reading/Vocabulary. In addition to these courses, students will also take electives such as Physical Education/Music, Chinese, and a Bible class. Ideally, a math class may also be introduced. This will be determined by the student’s abilities, schedule, and academic needs, and will be at the sole discretion of the School Administration. PE, Music, Chinese, and Bible may be the only credit classes taken while in the Language Arts Program I&II. Language Arts Program III students will be permitted more flexibility to take additional credit classes to those mentioned above. Examples include Algebra I or II, Geometry, Earth Science, MS Office, Photoshop and Health.
Junior High Support Program
The junior high English support program is designed to give extra language assistance to our students whose English levels aren’t at the place they need to be in order to enter full credit high school courses. All students in the support program are still working toward their U.S.-recognized 8th grade diploma, thereby qualifying them for enrollment in any accredited U.S. High School, including TAIS. Students in this program will be given more language-intensive attention in addition to the regular curriculum offered. In order to facilitate this extra attention, two homeroom teachers are assigned to the TAIS junior high students, in addition to specialists for Chinese, Cooking, Physical Education, Music and the Bible classes.