English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our overseas students receive support and teaching from the ESL department to help them develop their English language skills.

All students’ needs are assessed and a programme of work within the department ensures that they are able to cope with the increased challenges of learning in a second language.

Our ESL teachers work with students as individuals and in small groups to help them improve their language skills with teaching targeted to suit the particular needs of the individual student.

We encourage students to identify areas of study that they may not have met in their previous schooling and help them to deal with note-making, coursework assignments and homework tasks. We use task-based activities to give practice in examination technique, generalising, paraphrasing, summary writing and the evaluation of data. We also work with students on topics studied in academic classes by providing further samples and illustrations and by monitoring the recording of written work taken down in the classroom.

Our ESL provision prepares students to sit the Edexcel IGCSE exam in Year 11. In the Sixth Form, ESL teaching is designed to enable students to study successfully in their A-levels and at university after they leave West Buckland. We aim to prepare students to achieve at least IELTS 6.5 or 7 by the time they finish their A-levels. This is the usual requirement for entry to the more competitive and highly regarded universities.