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English Language Support for Overseas Boarders

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The aim of the EAL department at Loughborough Grammar School is twofold:

  1. To enable our overseas students to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing in English so that they can access the whole curriculum, participate fully in co-curricular activities and enjoy the social and cultural opportunities on offer.
  2. To improve their English language skills as quickly as possible so that they can pass Cambridge and IELTS examinations and fulfil the language requirement for entrance to an English-speaking university.

 

Years 7-11

All boys starting at the school from overseas have an initial assessment carried out by a qualified EAL specialist and are given a level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Boys identified as in need of English support are taught in small groups throughout the week.

In Years 7-11 they work towards the Cambridge Suite of English Examinations at the following levels as appropriate:

Key English Test (KET)                                        A2

Preliminary English Test (PET)                            B1

First Certificate in English (FCE)                         B2

Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)               C1

They work intensively on speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar.  They are further encouraged to participate actively in all curriculum areas by asking and answering questions in class and by engaging in whole class, small group and paired discussions.

Cambridge English examinations are taken once a year in June.

Year 11 students take the full range of GCSE subjects.

 

Years 12 and 13

Boys starting in Year 12 have an initial assessment and are given a level on the CEFR which is equated to an IELTS score in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

In Years 12 and 13 these boys are taught in small groups throughout the week and the lessons have four clear goals:

  1. To improve students’ speaking and discussion skills – particularly vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, intonation and stress.
  2. To enable students to use the English learned to participate fully in their chosen A level lessons.
  3. To prepare students for IELTS examinations in speaking, listening, reading and writing which they take during their time in Years 12 and 13.
  4. To help students to perform to the best of their ability in university interviews.

Students take IELTS exams at a local centre during term time or in their home country during vacations.  They aim for an overall band score of 6.5 or higher which will enable them to access most courses at most universities in any English-speaking country, subject to other academic requirements such as A level grades.

For further information, please contact the EAL Coordinator, Mrs K Cross on [email protected]

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