English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Kingswood has a strong EAL department, which was developed to help international students access the school curriculum by increasing their confidence in using English in their mainstream classes.
EAL class sizes are small, with many conducted on a one-to-one basis while other students work in small groups of two and five students on interaction and conversation skills. Our EAL teachers work closely with academic subject teachers and form tutors to ensure that EAL students are receiving the specific language support they need. We use a number of techniques to support students’ English language learning, including grammar activities, subject-specific vocabulary lessons and both academic and general English writing tuition. Teachers also encourage independent learning through a wide range of computer programs, which also help improve general English as well as subject-specific vocabulary.
Generally, upon entrance, we will advise the parents of EAL students how many extra English lessons their son or daughter might need and the additional cost. We will review the number of lessons on a termly basis as the child progresses and becomes more proficient in his or her command of English, with the aim of reducing the lessons over time.
We also help our students prepare for external examinations such as IELTS, which is the English proficiency test accepted by British universities; most of our EAL students also sit FCE exams in Year 10. We aim to ensure that all of our students are at least at IELTS 7.5 and ready for university by the time they leave Kingswood, although this also depends on the level of English with which the pupil arrived at Kingswood.
The EAL department is equipped with workstations, digital video players, specific software and a library, and pupils are encouraged to visit at any time, not just during their lessons. Teachers give reading and writing prep every week to reinforce learning. Written prep aims to teach pupils to describe, persuade and argue within their writing, as well as to master more technical forms of writing, such as explaining a process.
To find out more about EAL, visit our Subjects page.