The international department is here to help those students who have English as an additional language to develop their speaking and writing skills and to improve in listening and reading English.
English as an Additional Language (EAL) is offered as a subject to students throughout the Collegiate. An intensive approach to teaching, focused on student production, means that learners are able to make rapid progress. Through student-centred lessons in small groups, learners are able to access expert advice and personalised tuition which enables them to work on, and develop, their individual areas of weakness.
Our primary focus is the development of a strong awareness of grammar and vocabulary in order to help learners to access and make the most of the English-speaking environment around them and ultimately achieve their potential in their core subjects across the school. Our younger students take the Cambridge First or Preliminary exams which, alongside grammar, teach our learners how to write in specific genres and how to navigate and incorporate native speaker aspects of the language such as phrasal verbs and idiomatic language into their linguistic repertoire.
As students progress through the school they are trained on IELTS preparation courses where the focus is on the study of academic texts, and fully preparing students in the rules of academic writing in preparation for higher level studies. Our IELTS courses offer an in depth task based approach which provides our students with hands on practice of every possible task type and ensures they are able to meet the university entry requirements for their chosen course in the future.