Focus School of the Month: GEMS World Academy Dubai

GWA started using WIDA as an assessment tool to determine students' English language proficiency levels about 2 years ago.

GWA started using WIDA as an assessment tool to determine students' English language proficiency levels about 2 years ago. One advantage of adopting the WIDA standards at GWA is that it not only allows for the accessibility of a range of language development levels, but it also connects to the cultural diversity of students. In a school like ours, with 90-odd nationalities, this can make an important difference for so many of our students. WIDA implementation has assisted in the whole school English as an Additional Language (EAL) team being more efficient in identifying students that meet criteria for EAL services. Prior to WIDA, the identification process was not effective and students that would benefit from services were not identified.

Written by: Lynne Morrin, Director of Student Support Services