English for pupils where English is not their first language
Welcome to your new life as a bilingual citizen of the world!
Having chosen to study in England you are choosing a whole new future for yourself, which is exciting, challenging and an adventure! There are many positive points to being bilingual:
• You use and develop more brainpower which has been proven to keep you younger for longer!
• You are in touch with two worlds, which is richer, and more interesting, giving you twice the opportunities, even twice the fun!
• You are a bridge. You can communicate with two (or more) different communities and be pivotal to these connections. You can learn and teach tolerance, consideration and respect. These are increasingly important qualities in today’s globalised society.
• Your extra language(s) will open up a wider world of jobs, opportunities and experiences.
Your bilingualism is a wonderful gift and an opportunity. Use it to make your future bright!
EAL pupils attend EAL lessons in place of mainstream English and/or foreign language lessons, unless one of these is already their studied foreign language. Pupils follow a course using a variety of resources and methods to improve their language in terms of reading, writing, listening and speaking, using the CEF (Common European Framework) scales to monitor progress.
Within their EAL course they will receive extra support with skills which will assist them in all their subjects such as: note-taking, skimming of texts, report-writing, presentations, use of idiom and creative writing, as well as improving their general language level. Pupils are introduced to many aspects of international and English literature and culture to assist their general integration and knowledge.
The University of Cambridge Exam PET (Preliminary English Test) is taken at the end of Year 9 as proof of real achievement in English and as preparation for the IGCSE ESL course taken in Key Stage 4.