English as an Additional Language

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department aims to help all pupils whose first language is not English to fully integrate into the academic, sporting, artistic and social aspects of school life by helping them to develop their English language skills.

Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the school community and to be proud of their own culture. All pupils are tested before entry to ensure they have a suitable level of English to access the curriculum and participate widely in the life of the College.

On arrival at Pangbourne, they are retested and additional support with specialist EAL teachers is offered on a small group or individual basis, according to need, to help students to reach their full potential and to gain the necessary English qualifications required for entry into the Sixth Form or university.

English language skills are developed in the four areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and by expanding vocabulary, grammar and cultural awareness. Particular emphasis is placed on communicative skills. In addition, support may be given for other academic areas as the need arises.

EAL lessons are offered to students in Forms 1-5 in a small group or on an individual basis. In Forms 1 to 3, the pupils are taught a General English course which is appropriate to their level of English and age. They will normally receive three lessons per week.

In Forms 4 and 5, pupils are given support either for their English First Language GCSE or prepared for an International GCSE in English as a Second Language. They will normally receive two lessons per week.

Additional lessons may be requested on a long-term or short-term basis either for academic support or to accelerate the English language learning process.

Lessons will continue, but may be reduced, until the EAL Department and subject teachers consider that sufficient progress has been made to enable the pupil to access the curriculum successfully and produce satisfactory written work.

In the Sixth Form, all pupils will be expected to study for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS test) unless they have already achieved an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. This is essential for university entrance and a higher level may be required depending on the university course chosen. Pupils will be expected to take a minimum of two lessons per week but extra lessons may be requested.

Support may also be requested for university applications in order to help to meet the deadlines set in choosing appropriate courses and writing a personal statement.

Additional lessons may be requested on a long-term or short-term basis either for academic support or to accelerate the English language learning process.

The Department
Mrs Susan Barton Head of EAL
BA (Hons) Post-Compulsory Education, Oxford Brookes University, Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA), RSA Cambridge and PG Cert in Literacy Difficulties, Oxford Brookes University