English Language courses for International students


EAL (1)The EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department at Padworth is responsible for delivering language and study skills support to all international students who need to improve their English either:

  • before beginning a full-time academic  course (see Pre A Level E1 and E2 programmes below)
  • or
  • as part of a one year GCSE course (see Pre A Level E3 programme below)
  • or
  • as part of their A-level or Business Foundation programme (see IELTS preparation).

EAL (3)The age of entry for students beginning these courses is is from 13-17. Courses start at the beginning of each term in September, January and April and can be one, two or three terms in length.  Click here for our term dates which include school holidays and any non-teaching days.  For information on how to make an application and on course fees, please click here

Pre A level students have a full timetable from Monday to Friday with 30 hours of tuition per week plus a 35 minute co-curricular period in which they choose one of the enrichment activities on offer from Monday to Thursday. The school day runs from 8.40am until 4.45pm with an early finish on a Friday at 4.00pm.

The maximum class size is 12.

All students on Pre A level courses study English and Maths and are tested in these subjects when they arrive at Padworth.  They are then placed in one of three class levels E1, E2 or E3 in which the teaching approach and materials are tailored to the appropriate level.  It is possible to move between courses as progress is made during the year.

 

Course outline for Pre A Level E1, E2 and E3 English and academic study courses and IELTS preparation
Course Name English Level required Length of Course Subjects (hours per week)

 

Pre A Level E1

 

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Scheme of Work

 

Elementary – Pre Intermediate

(CEFR A1+)

 

1-3 terms

  • English Language tuition (including British Culture) – 12.5 hours per week
  • IGCSE Maths – 4 hours per week
  • Core Science – 5 hours per week
  • Performing Arts – 2 hours per week
  • Humanities – 2 hours per week
  • ICT or Art & Design – 2 hours per week
  • Sport – 2 hours per week
  • Assembly and PSHE time – 30 minutes per week
  • Daily Form Tutor period – 50 minutes per week

End of year English examination at an appropriate level – Cambridge English KET/PET and IGCSE Maths and/or Art and/or Core Science (depending on age and level)
To help students at this level to get the most out of their academic studies, an EAL teacher will accompany them into their Core Science lessons to assist the Science teacher in making sure that students are not held back by their level of English.  We have found that this inter-departmental approach enables students to make faster progress.

 

Pre A Level E2

 

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Scheme of Work

 

Pre-Intermediate – Intermediate

(CEFR A2 +)

 

1-3  terms

  • English Language tuition (including British Culture) – 10.5 hours per week
  • Performing Arts – 2 hours per week
  • Maths – 4 hours per week
  • Core Science – 5 hours per week
  • ICT or Art & Design – 4 hours per week
  • Sport – 2 hours per week
  • Humanities – 2 hours per week
  • Assembly and PSHE time – 30 minutes per week
  • Daily form tutor period – 50 minutes per week

End of year English examination at an appropriate level – Cambridge English PET;

IGCSE Maths, GCSE Core Science and Art and Design (dependent on level achieved)

 

Pre A Level E3

 

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download 
Scheme of Work

 

Upper Intermediate

(CEFR B1+)

 

1-3 terms

At this level, students may enter the Year 10 or 11 (I)GCSE stream. The number of (I)GCSE subjects taken will depend on the level of English and will include:

  • GCSE English Language and Literature or IGCSE English as a Second Language – up to 8 hours per week
  • Maths – 4 hours per week

Other (I)GCSE subjects from
Either

  • Core Science – 5 hours per week

+ Art – 3 hours a week

+ Humanities – 2 hours per week

Or

  • 1, 2 or 3 of Physics, Chemistry, Biology – 4 hours per week each

+ options of ICT, History, Geography, Art – 4 hours per week each

Exams taken in 3 – 9 (I)GCSE subjects in May/June depending on options.

IELTS Preparation for A Level and Business Foundation students

Click on the links below to download Schemes of Work for:

Year 12
Year 13
Business Foundation

 

Minimum Upper Intermediate (CEFR B1+)

 

One or Two years

The EAL Department delivers the IELTS preparation course as a one or two year course for all A level and Business Foundation students. Business Foundation students will follow a one year course with 4 hours of tuition per week and A level students will follow a two year course with at least 5 hours of tuition per week. The focus is on the four essential skills tested by the IELTS examiners of reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as familiarising students with the exam format, expectations and criteria.

Exams: IELTS external examination in final term (or earlier if required)

Academic Support

  • Every student has a Form Tutor with whom they meet on a daily basis
  • PSHE is delivered through Weekly Assemblies and tutor time
  • Effort and Achievement grades are issued every half term
  • Full termly written reports from all their teachers (sent to parents, guardians and agents)
  • Wherever possible, extra language support will be given to students where a need is identified.

College Life

All boarding students live on the college campus and a wide range of social, sporting and cultural activities and trips are organised during lunchtimes, during the co-curricular period from 4.10pm – 4.45pm in the evenings and at weekends. Please click here to read more about our Co-Curricular programme.  Every weekend there is a full day excursion on either Saturday or Sunday for which there is a charge dependent on the nature of the outing.  All boarding students are accommodated in our purpose built, self-contained residences, mostly in single study bedrooms with some double bedrooms.  Breakfast, Lunch and Supper are served in the Dining Rooms and every attempt is made to meet special dietary needs.  Kitchenette facilities are provided in the boarding houses so that students can make their own drinks and snacks in the evenings and at weekends.  Students are supported and looked after by the Principal and his wife, the Deputy Principal and the Head of Boarding and his team of House Staff, all of whom live on site.  Please click here to read more about boarding at Padworth

A Level and Business Foundation

Having completed the Pre-A level course, students go on to either a two year A level course or our one year Business Foundation Course.  Our A level programme offers specialist teaching in a wide range of subjects in small classes with ongoing English language support in the form of IELTS preparation classes.  Our consistently high A level results bear testimony to the success of our approach as does our record of university destinations which regularly include Oxford and Cambridge, Exeter, Southampton, Bath, Manchester and Liverpool.  Business Foundation offers a one year course with ongoing English language tuition and students gain direct entry onto business related degree courses at a number of British universities including Royal Holloway, Aston and Oxford Brookes.  Please click here for more information

The EAL Department has a thorough understanding of the individual needs of all pupils with EAL and provides excellent advice and strategies for classroom teachers.

Source: Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report October 2015