English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Opportunities and confidence for all pupils
Millfield Prep takes great pride in the diverse range of nationalities and cultures that are represented within the pupil body. Currently around 15 different nationalities are represented here from across the globe, making up approximately 10% of the pupil population.
We want to give all of our pupils the opportunity and the confidence to enjoy and succeed in every area of school life. Therefore, upon joining the school, all overseas children are assessed to ascertain the level of English Language support they need.
Teaching to meet the needs of each individual
EAL is taught in very small groups, or individually, by qualified and experienced specialist English Language teachers who endeavour to meet the specific language needs of each child. Through classroom discussions the pupils are taught how to express their opinions and ideas in English. Using a variety of resources, including textbooks, EAL reading books, audio CDs, DVDs, puzzles, newspapers and EAL computer programmes, children are taught the language and grammar that will enable them to access their curriculum subject areas. The traditional skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are all covered, with emphasis on thinking skills to encourage independent progress.
Full integration with all aspects of school life
Children who need EAL assistance are fully integrated into the life of Millfield Prep from the very start of their time here. They join a study group and follow the timetable of the group with the help of an EAL teacher. They live in a boarding house along with all the other boarders and very quickly form strong international friendships.
The EAL pupils are encouraged to participate in the school’s wide range of activities and clubs, giving them the opportunity to try anything from riding, fencing, scuba diving and caving to chess, basketball and football.
The EAL department also hosts an International Evening each year when pupils are encouraged to bring snacks from their country for their friends to taste, and have their international knowledge tested in a team quiz.
Throughout the year we celebrate festivals from the UK and from around the world and the academic year finishes with an EAL trip.