With students originating from all over the globe, Aspire Private British School has clear strategies to manage language acquisition at all ages of development should a child require extra support to grasp or develop their English language level.
In the Juniors, English lessons includes English Literature where students study class novels, poetry and drama as well as English Language skills such as composition, comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting.
We carefully monitor the percentage of students within each class who require additional English support due to English being a second or further language. These students attend English Booster lessons during English lessons so that their individual needs can be addressed whilst the rest of the class continue with their English studies.
The Booster English children work with a specialist teacher in a much smaller group scenario, focusing on areas for development, until which time they are ready to attend the first language, high level English classes with their year group. The English Booster class children attend all other class lessons with their year group from the time they enjoy Aspire Private British School.
In the Seniors, not all of our pupils have the level required in the four key skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking to participate fully in the mainstream English classes though it is our ambition to get them there.
In Year 7, children for whom English is a second or additional language, or whose level is low, attend small group ‘Booster’ classes. These are focussed on equipping them to prosper in a school with English as the teaching medium.
For Years 8 and 9 the children are placed in a group according to their needs and abilities as the first step towards success at IGCSE level in Year 11. Native speakers of the language and those others with a very high proficiency attend mainstream classes, and those for whom English is a Second language join the ESL group. Both classes are different and focus on the differing needs of both sets of learners. The mainstream class has a greater focus on creative writing, literature, and language analysis. The ESL class has more of a focus on transactional writing, vocabulary acquisition and grammar though creativity is certainly welcomed and encouraged. We are very proud of the fact that hardworking, ambitious ESL students are sometimes able to make the transition into the mainstream classes and do extremely well.
In Years 10 and 11 all students work intensely on preparing either for First Language English examinations or English as a Second Language. The latter is a very demanding test of the four key skills and prepares students very thoroughly for advanced study or English in sixth form and is a significant step on the route to university level learning.
In sixth form, ESL students prepare for the British Council’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. This is an internationally recognised standardised test that qualifies the student for entry to University in the English speaking world and beyond. Many of our recent graduates, who have been accepted to excellent institutions, began on the ‘support’ track for English. All of our students, whether they are native speakers of English or not, are exceptionally well-prepared for the challenges of life beyond school.