At Oakham we are proud to offer expert and personalised tuition in the form of English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes to support and develop the achievements of pupils for whom English is not their first language.
Our team of two highly qualified EAL teachers help students, where language and learning needs have been identified, achieve their full academic potential through small group teaching, individual lessons and in-class support.
In Forms 1–3 support is offered in place of Latin and/or a second modern language option. In Forms 4 and 5 for some students it is appropriate to reduce the number of GCSEs studied, so that EAL provision is part of a student’s timetable alongside supervised study time.
Students in Forms 6 and 7 are also welcomed into the Department when a need is recognised for subject specific support in their A-level or International Baccalaureate studies.
IELTS test preparation lessons are offered to students who do not have an English Language GCSE qualification, and who enter Oakham in Form 6 to study on the A-level courses. This qualification is an entrance requirement for UK universities.
Use of electronic bilingual translators
For internal and public examinations, students whose first language is not English will need a simple word-for-word electronic bilingual translator. It must not be multifunctional or show diagrams or pictures on the screen, or give definitions or explanations of words. These simple translators are available on a number of websites, including Amazon. Or, if preferred, students may buy a simple word-for-word bilingual translation book dictionary for use in examinations. Students may also buy a multifunctional electronic bilingual translator to use in lessons and prep times, but will still need the word-for-word model for examinations.
Different arrangements apply for IB Students, who are not allowed to use electronic devices in examinations.