This English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme is uniquely tailored to children who want to learn English whilst experiencing prep school life at Windlesham.
The programme runs for the last 4 weeks of the summer term and is for children aged 8 to 12 in (National Curriculum) Years 5, 6 and 7.
The children will be in one of two ESOL classes, split by age.
These ESOL classes will provide at least 15 hours each week of classroom learning time in all aspects of the English language – reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, lexis and discourse.
We aim to improve levels of spoken and written English through communicative and interactive lessons. Children will have ample opportunity to build upon their existing knowledge and to practise the receptive and productive skills which make up written and spoken communication.
The learning atmosphere is very important and we work to provide classes where children can be focused and relaxed in order to achieve optimum success.
Our lessons are planned to respond to the needs of all kinds of learners, and are pitched so that we can extend the more able learners and support those who are new to the language.
Our working day would typically include some kind of grammatical presentation and practise, a reading or listening comprehension, communicative activities such as role play, problem-solving exercises, a pronunciation or lexical workshop and a text-based element – précising a story, writing a report etc.
We vary the tone, pitch and focus of our lessons with plenty of time to revise and practise new structures, functions and vocabulary.
The children will also benefit from lessons delivered by other practitioners (in English) for example: cookery, outdoor education, art, swimming, music and ICT.
There will be trips to local places of interest looking at history, science, sport, nature and wildlife.
These topics will form the basis of the project work. Of course, we realise how important it is for your child to integrate with our current pupils and therefore for the rest of the day they will join our permanent pupils for games, activities, meals, free time and dorm time.
Over the weekend, they will enjoy organised activities at an activities centre nearby. This will include climbing, abseiling, raft building and arts and crafts.
The programme runs for 4 weeks in the summer term.
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