The EAL department consists of two full time members of staff who are responsible for language development and achievement. However, as one of the main points of contact for overseas students, pastoral care is a priority and the department endeavours to offer a supportive environment in which to learn.
Over the years the department has offered local theatre, museum, art gallery and historical house trips. The weekly Interact Club is held within the department and this is an international fundraising organisation, affiliated to the Rotary Club. While the club is open to all students from Year 9 and above, it is primarily made up of international students who have enjoyed organising school events and raising student awareness through International themed evenings.
Room 1 is home to a DVD lending library and students are encouraged to borrow films free of charge in order to enrich their language learning experience.
The department has recently been fortunate in receiving visits from a Science specialist who has supported EAP Option students in this subject area.
The EAL Department offers a structured programme of language acquisition and development to all students whose mother tongue is not English. After an initial assessment test, students are either directed toward GCSE English Language and Literature or EAL classes. These two subjects are timetabled at the same time and EAL is therefore compulsory for those students in Years 10 and 11 who have not yet attained the level of acquisition required for GCSE English.
The aims of the EAL programme are:
1. To enable each student to acquire the language skills needed to live and work in the school’s multi-cultural community and to feel at ease using English both inside and outside the school. This involves developing the four skill areas of reading/writing/speaking/listening in addition to the development of lexical knowledge and grammatical understanding
2. To enable each student, by the acquisition of these skills, to have parity of esteem amongst his/her peers and equal access to the curriculum
3. To prepare each student to sit IGCSE English as a Second Language at the end of Year 11