English as an Additional Language
English as an Additional Language tuition is provided to all students who need it, at no additional cost.
The aim of the English as an Additional Language Department is to teach students English and to help them reach a level with which they can:
- Successfully follow their courses in other subjects
- Integrate fully into the life of the School
- Prepare for GCSE / IGCSE, A Levels and EAL examinations.
All students receiving English as an Additional Language (EAL) tuition study the grammatical and lexical systems of English and practise the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The EAL Department aims to teach the students to speak and write accurately, clearly and confidently in an appropriate style for a given context.
Written work should have good structure, punctuation and spelling, and should be well presented.
Students should be able to communicate accurately, effectively and appropriately in a variety of speaking and listening situations and should be able to follow both verbal and written instructions correctly.
Support is also given with specific areas of vocabulary for subjects such as Business Studies, Science and so on. The EAL Department liaises closely with the other Departments in order to provide this support.
In Year 11, students who do not have English as their first language are entered for the Cambridge IGCSE in English as a Second Language which is widely recognised and accepted as an English language qualification by British universities and colleges. The Extended module is taken at the end of Year 11 and consists of a Reading and Writing paper, a Listening and a Speaking test.
Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option.
In Year 12, students who do not have English as their first language, but require an English qualification to enter a British university are prepared for the University of Cambridge/British Council IELTS Academic Module, which is recognised and accepted as an English Language qualification by universities and colleges all over the world.
The module consists of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections which are equally weighted to give an Overall IELTS Band with a maximum score of 9.0.
Please click here to find out more about our A Level course.