English as an Additional Language
Head of Department: Mrs R Doyle MBPsS, AMBDA, BEd, BA, BPhil, PGCE OCR Dip TEFL, CCET, PGCPSE (Diff in Lit)
Department Teaching Staff:
Mrs M-A Barnett (i/c EAL) BA (Manchester), RSA Dip TEFL
Mrs L Field MA Eng Lang Teaching and Applied Linguistics, CELTA, City & Guilds 984 ESOL, Cert.Ed (PCET)
Mrs A Lock Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Trinity College London)
All pupils with EAL are expected to access the normal curriculum, and to sit the usual (I)GCSEs, including English Language and Literature. In addition, those pupils who do not study French will be prepared for the IGCSE English as a Second Language. EAL lessons are taught to small year groups of approximately 10 pupils, from M4th to 5th Form, (equivalent to Years 9 to 11).
In the 6th Form, (Years 12 and 13), the emphasis of teaching and learning changes. EAL provision at this point concentrates on two specific areas of study: qualification for entry to British or other English-medium universities and broadening and consolidation of ability in English language. The course of choice leads to IELTS, (International English Language Testing System), examinations in L6, (Y12). This qualification is recognised by tertiary level institutions worldwide. It is also possible for pupils to undertake study culminating in American examinations such as TOEFL, (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and the SAT/ACT Reasoning Tests, as some US universities will accept only these qualifications.
In the U6th, private tuition is the norm. They may also resit the IELTS exam in the U6th.
Pupils will be assessed and awarded appropriate access arrangements in public examinations.