English as a Second Language

Department Overview

In the last 10 years the ESL Department has had students from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Spain, France, Thailand and Russia. Students follow the route of English qualifications offered by Cambridge University, from the KET (Key English Test), to PET (Preliminary English Test), FCE (First Certificate in English) and finally IELTS (International English Language Testing System), which is required for University entrance in the UK. More capable students will also be offered the opportunity to take a GCSE English course.

The ESL Department at Shebbear College aims to make learning English enjoyable and relevant to studies in all other areas of the curriculum. When students first arrive at the College their language needs are assessed, and a programme is prepared to help each individual make steady and strong progress. During the 6th form students are taught English through the Cambridge University IELTs course, enabling them to apply for College or University places. Wherever possible, students are also offered the opportunity to enter for GCSE in their home language too.

In The Classroom

Our classes reflect a passion for the many elements that make up the English language. Lessons consist of reading classical literature, drama based tasks to practise the use of every day situational language, news and current affairs to spark discussion as well as grammar and academic writing skills. Keen to involve overseas students with mainstream pupils, the ESL department works closely with the English Department teachers and the College Librarian. We also liaise with other subject teachers, as this is key to supporting the learning of overseas students across the curriculum.