English as an Additional Language
Head of Department: Mrs E A K E Kennedy BA (Stockholm University)
Department Teaching Staff:
Mrs J Desmier BA (Kent)
Mrs A Lock
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 (Cambridge International Examinations). 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 Sixth 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 academic skills in English language. The course of choice leads to IELTS, (International English Language Testing System), examinations in Lower Sixth (Year 12). 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), or any of the Cambridge University Main Suite Exams (CPE, CAE or FCE).
In the Upper Sixth, private tuition is the norm. They may also resit the IELTS exam in the Upper Sixth.
Pupils will be assessed and awarded appropriate access arrangements in public examinations.