The English as an Additional Language Department (EAL) offers provision for students whose first language is one other than English.
Facilities include two small teaching rooms and a further multi-purpose one which also incorporates a resource area/workroom.
Students attending lessons on intensive courses can generally be accommodated in their ‘home’ EAL room, providing a base which offers them a sense of continuity and identity and thus security.
The department is equipped with PCs, Wi-Fi internet connection, interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors, in addition to DVD and audio players. Resources include a library of graded readers, some with audio recording.
Students’ levels range from Beginner to Advanced, necessitating preparation of individual programmes. On arrival, new entrants integrate into practical subjects, which include PE, Art, ICT, Music, Creative Arts and, where possible, DT. Each student is considered individually, on a rolling programme of integration into further subjects, as they become more confident and proficient. Additional subjects for study are considered on the basis of the student's English level, age, first language, etc.
In addition to teaching English language per se, a significant component of EAL provision involves CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Teaching), which is fundamental to EAL education. ICS (in-class support), with staff assigned to attend subject lessons to support students in the language of the content area, is an important component of EAL provision. With greater proficiency, students’ EAL programmes become more specialized, often focusing more on subject-specific language. Lessons are then tailored to support comprehension and expression in the content areas, frequently in subjects in which students will sit external exams.
In addition, The EAL Department works in conjunction with the English Department offering Language Lessons on a weekly basis to Y6 students and once a fortnight to those in Y7 and Y8.
Schemes of work have been prepared to complement the National Curriculum taught in Y6-9 with groups benefiting from two teachers and two classrooms for differentiated teaching. The EAL teacher focuses on aspects of English as an Additional Language which are considered useful for the selected students but not necessarily appropriate for the whole class.