The English Additional Language (EAL) Programme seeks to accelerate students abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Through the EAL Programme students will become interdependent learners and global citizens. Proficiency in English will broaden their educational and life opportunities to an international level.
The EAL programme is aimed at students that are at an elementary or beginner level of English. The programme involves more time allocated to the learning of English. It is taught by expert English as additional language teachers. Students also benefit from small English classes to ensure more personalised learning. Students then join other students that speak English for other subjects including Maths, Sciences and the Arts.
The programme uses the Common European Framework (CEFR) framework. This sets the global standard in EAL and is used by both Oxford and Cambridge exam boards.
7 – 9
10 - 11
12 - 13
* = Cambridge course
Students complete a computer based proficiency test on admission and using this, as well as other baseline information and an interview, we are able to determine the current level of a student and what support they may need.
Students on the whole should be aiming at making at least one CEFR level of progress every year. With dedication to reading, writing, listening to English at home this could be accelerated further. When a student reaches a B1 level they then move to mainstream First Language English.
Students are assessed continually. Students and parents receive a report on progress every half term. Students also carry out a summative assessment every term. When, at Key Stage 3 (Y7-9), a student reaches an intermediate level of English and passes the PET assessment we generally feel they need to further immerse themselves in the curriculum. However, in Years 10–11 and 12-13 our courses are examination based and run for two years.
Through our EAL Programme we will ensure that students will become proficient in English so that they can access our international curriculum and develop into well rounded leaders for the future.