What makes the EDL Department unique from those at other schools?
The department considers an individual approach to be a major factor in securing adjustment and integration into the boarding school life for many EAL girls. Lessons are therefore small group sessions, with some individual sessions where necessary and/or possible.
All programmes are individualised. Some girls require individual tuition; others participate better in small groups and work towards specific examinations. EAL timetables are often adjusted and reviewed throughout the year as girls’ needs change with their progress or lack of it. In their first EAL lesson, all new EAL girls receive induction designed to ease them into the new environment. Support for EAL girls can take several forms and are specific to the girls themselves. Support may take any or all of the following forms depending on girls’ needs:
The development of vocabulary, grammar skills, writing, reading, pronunciation & spoken fluency and listening skills, through a variety of activities including games, conversations, CDs, workbooks, language course books, ICT technologies etc.
Language support and study skills to enable a girl to make progress in a specific subject, e.g. through vocabulary development that is specific to a subject.
Tuition for internationally recognised EAL qualifications, such as IELTS (necessary for university entries), University of Cambridge examinations such as PET, FCE and CAE; IGCSE in English as a Second Language for girls whose level of English prevents them from gaining the GCSE in English Literature and English Language. Sitting these qualifications also helps to set measurable goals and measure girls’ progress through standardized tests.
The EAL department also supports the School’s aim of promoting integration of home and international girls through enrichment activities such as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Spanish El Carnival, Chinese New Year, International Gourmet Society, Language Exchange Suppers and International Exchanges.