EAL at Wellington is a leveled programme based on the presentation, practice and production of the “4 Key Language Skills” of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classes present communicative, graded activities appropriate to the language level of the individual learner. Grammatical rules are reviewed and practiced with frequent writing exercises, speaking tasks and listening activities. Vocabulary and reading skills are developed using graded readers, and where appropriate this is within the context of the topics studied in their mainstream English, Science and Humanities classes. Students in lower year groups are introduced to phonics, spelling rules and basic literary techniques, as well as study skills and language usages appropriate to their Key Stage. Students in upper year groups study more academic English and are preparing, eventually for the Cambridge IELTS or the TOEFL exam in Key Stage 5. Students learn to listen intensively for information, discuss varied global topics in increasing depth, read extensively, summarize and take notes. Students also learn to write in different formats and for different audiences; e.g. formal and informal letters and emails, academic writing, news articles, persuasive and argumentative essays and descriptive pieces. The overall focus of the EAL programme is to enhance both the fluency and accuracy of a student’s language capability, so that they become better equipped to access their mainstream classes.
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