If you find yourself saying ‘But I can’t speak English…’, try adding the word ‘…yet’ – Jane Revell and Susan Norman

Head of Department: Sarah Clancy

In EFL we aim to improve the children’s English skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and systems (lexis, pronunciation, grammar and discourse) through activities, games and exercises.

We also support and help as they take part in the day-to-day life of the school. Because we have small groups of children we are able to respond specifically to each child’s needs. As children progress through the school we also offer provide support in other subjects; for example helping with Geography or History revision. The department works in very small groups – often one-to-one teaching. Each child’s specific English needs are targeted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where children practise their English skills and obtain extra support. Windlesham gains excellent results in Cambridge EFL examinations

It is very important to us that children who come to us from a non-English speaking background start to communicate as soon as possible. This happens quickly, as children make friends and join in Windlesham life. We work on improving grammatical accuracy as the child gains confidence with fluency, and our goal is for each child to function happily in classroom and social situations.

EFL organises a number of trips per term for the children and we see this as a very important part of the EFL experience. We go out as a group, to local places of interest and often learn something or see something new. The children love these visits and usually produce wonderful written work as a result. Recent visits have been to the Anne of Cleves Museum in Lewes and the British Wildlife Centre in East Grinstead.