EAL – English as an additional language
The number of EAL pupils in the school only accounts for a small proportion. However, feedback from staff on the learning needs and barriers of our EAL pupils indicates that there is a lack of understanding of questions and use of specific vocabulary in examinations. This first manifested itself in the sixth form amongst students who joined us from other schools post sixteen. The difference in cultural background and the result of relatively poor English proficiency are reflected in poorer performance of EAL pupils in writing UCAS personal statements and in university interviews. The EAL coordinator is responsible for overseeing the provision for EAL pupils and a mentoring scheme is also being set up with Y12 students as mentors giving support to junior EAL pupils.
A student-led EAL working group was set up in 2010 in order to improve the support to our EAL pupils. The aim of the working group was to identify the learning needs of girls with EAL and to explore online resources that are available to support their learning. Through independent learning, EAL pupils can access these resouces and work in their own time and at their own pace. The bank of resources are shared with other schools through the Internet via our school website.
The Working Group comprises Y10 and Y12 EAL pupils and was set up at the beginning of the academic year 2010-2011. It is overseen by the Gifted and Talented co-ordinator.
EAL Students can use the following links to access the resourses on the websites in their own time:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/6001254/3000-Most-Common-Words-in-English is a website with the 3000 most commonly used words in the English Language. I will suggest to the girls that they spend twenty minutes a week on this website, learning the words.
Wikipedia – seach for academic word list. is a website that contains an Academic Word List, containing approximately 550 words which are used in formal, academic language.
http://www.ielts.org/ is the IELTs English examination website.