English as an Additional language

“Nothing exists, except through language.”  Hans Georg Gadamer

Gordonstoun welcomes international students, believing that they bring a richness and variety of experience to our school community.

The English as an Additional Language department provides courses in English for those students whose home language is not English and who may benefit from some English language support and development. Our main aims are to:

Years 9 - 11

Where there is a need, students in Year 9 - 11 can be timetabled for English as an Additional Language in place of a Modern Foreign Language.  Students who make good progress in Year 9 may then transfer onwards into the mainstream GCSE English programme in Year 10.

Our EAL lessons aim to help students develop the English language skills they need to study their mainstream subjects effectively, but it may also be possible for students to prepare for an internationally recognised qualification such as the Cambridge First Certificate in English. Candidates enter for this examination in June each year.

Year 12

Many students join us from overseas in Year 12. If a student does not have a suitable English language qualification for university, we can offer preparation for the IELTS examination. Adequate performance in this examination is required as proof of English language ability for entry to UK universities. The IELTS test is held by special arrangement on the Gordonstoun campus, usually in the summer term.

It is expected that all pupils will have sufficient English on entry to the school to make friends and understand reasonably well in class. A pre-test in English is available through the Admissions Administrator on admissions@gordonstoun.org.uk


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