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.
Queen’s has a long history of welcoming overseas pupils from a variety of countries and we place great value on the contribution these students make to the school community. Pupils from China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Spain, among others, have attended Queen’s College and achieve excellent grades at GCSE and A level with many securing places at top universities in Britain and worldwide.
Overseas pupils are integrated into the mainstream school and boarding houses so that they have a true experience of life at an English boarding school. They learn to interact with the other pupils and teachers, gaining an irreplaceable immersion in the language and culture.
EAL pupils follow a general English course and take the Cambridge PET (Preliminary English Test) in year 9 followed by the Cambridge iGCSE in English as a Second Language in Year 11. Sixth formers prepare for the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System) a world-recognised exam which is essential for university study in the UK and other countries. They are taught in small groups using a range of resources which enables excellent progress in all four skills. The EAL staff have a rich and varied experience of teaching international students and this understanding, as well as a dedication to nurture their talents, is crucial in guiding the pupils in their progress. The EAL department also supports pupils in their subject work as necessary and liaises closely with subject teachers both to ensure efficient and appropriate support and to assess progress.
Pupils are encouraged to be active in clubs and activities after school and at the weekend to widen their experience and to benefit fully from the many and varied opportunities available to them. There is a very active International Student Group which organises trips and activities during the year to raise all students’ awareness of diverse cultures as well as to add a further richness to life at Queen’s. The EAL department also arranges trips to local places of interest to help broaden pupils' cultural experience of living in the UK.