On our English language and academic pathway programmes, students study 12-13 hours of English language in order to ensure they reach the levels required for study at their appropriate age group. At all levels, the English programme is broken down to help students develop expertise in the use of the language for everyday life and for their academic career as follows:
- Skills for Life
- Drama and Literature
- English Support for Subject classes
- Academic English (ESOL)
- The remainder of the student’s timetable consists of study in a range of subjects from Key Stage 2 to IGCSE level taught by teachers who are experienced in their own field of study, as well as in catering for the specific needs of international students.
The Lower and Middle College Programmes include 25 hours of academic tuition and 5 hours of supervised prep. The Upper College Programme includes 30 hours of academic tuition and 7.5 hours of supervised prep.
For students joining the Lower and Middle College Programmes, the more formal English and academic classes are complemented by a programme of Music, Art and Drama. These activities encourage speaking and listening and help build confidence and develop self expression.
Drama and Literature form part of our programmes. Students as a group read texts appropriate for their age and level of ability. They discuss the various vocabulary and structures they find in the text and use them to learn about the language. They also practice oral communication skills and interaction techniques through the dramatization of texts in a variety of different activities, such as role plays or performances.