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English as a Second Language

Developing the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading & writing

Our community at Monkton is enriched by the presence of our overseas students. We currently have over fifty international pupils from approximately fifteen different countries. Most do not have English as their first language, and need to take an English as a Second Language course to fully access the curriculum.  New arrivals are assessed in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar, and given the appropriate level of teaching based on their needs. 
The teaching of English as a second language is carried out by a well-qualified team of five experienced teachers, in a dedicated suite of rooms. Attention is given to developing all language skills; with particular emphasis on reading and writing, which are so crucial to academic success.  Our aim is to improve their English to a point where students will be able to study their other subjects effectively. This varies from individual to individual, but the following patterns tend to occur:-

Year 9
Depending on need, overseas students can have ESL lessons instead of mainstream English classics and Modern Languages. Most students have eight lessons a week.

Years 10-11
Students can have ESL lessons instead of mainstream English and in one of their GCSE option blocks, resulting in nine lessons a week. At the end of year 11, students will either take the GCSE for native speakers or the IGCSE in English as a Second language. They will also have had the opportunity to be equipped with the language skills needed to perform well in their other GCSEs.

Years 12-13
In year 12, students follow an advanced integrated skills course that focuses on developing academic language. In year 13, students take an IELTS preparation course. (IELTS is an English qualification required by UK universities.) In both years five lessons a week of ESL are provided. One of these lessons is dedicated to strengthening intensive and extensive reading skills to develop strong, effective reading skills vital for both study and an enriched life.

Outside the Classroom
For Pupils for whom English is not their first language, becoming skilful in using English is such a rewarding experience that we look for ways to enjoy these new-found skills.   Pupils can choose to participate in our informal second-language performance events and everyone takes part in an annual speaking competition – the International Student Voice that leads to an inter-school final. Students also enjoy crafting a piece of creative writing for our annual competition, leading to the winners being announced the Writers of the Year in our School Assembly.

In addition to our focus on language development, we also have much fun, celebrating our diverse cultures in our Cultural Evening, exploring Bath and other cities of interest with the International Community of Monkton.

Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact our Deputy Heads of Admissions Nicky Davis or Katie Hiscott on 01225 831 238.

Give us a call:

Tel: +44 (0)1225 721 133

Or send us an email: for Senior School enquiries for Pre-Prep and Prep enquiries

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