At Eastlea Community School a total of over 80 languages are spoken among our students, making Romanian, Portuguese,  Bulgarian, Bengali and Italian the top five. The overall percentage of bilingual students is 70.4% in our school. However, the students that we intervene with are newly arrived students in the UK (Mid – phase Admissions) and those who have lived in the UK less than two years. 


As a School we believe in celebrating the diversity of language and experience, which students, teachers and members of the community bring to our school. We aim to celebrate this diversity through high quality teaching and learning, rigorous monitoring of the progress made by EAL students and the delivery of a range of support and enrichment programmes that are matched to individual needs.


KS3 targeted students attend induction lessons or order to learn “survival English” as well as elementary topics such as: 

- Days of the week                        

- Months of the year/seasons

- Parts of the body                        

- Singular/plural nouns-irregular plurals

- Prepositions                                

- Colours

- Animals                                      

- My day

- Myself My school  

- Opposites Telling the time

- Countries and capitals/flags. 


Also, their lessons cover basic Maths and Science concepts. The topics in Maths include:

- Numbers – positive, negative, doubles, halves, squares, cubes, simple operations

- Simple equations

- BIDMAS – brackets, indices, divide, multiply, add, subtract

- Shapes – 2D, 3D, properties o some figures

- Angles

- Area, perimeter

- Coordinates in a quadrant

- Percentages.


In KS4, students are prepared for ESOL exams (English to Speaker of Other Languages) that consist of four components: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.


In order to ensure their successful performance, students learn from a number of topics including:

- Filling in forms

- Complex sentences – interesting connectives

- Writing letters

- Writing different types of text, e.g. notes, emails, stories, recipes, invitations

-“A house” vocabulary – types of houses, furniture, house appliances, problems around the house, tools

- Directions

- Crime vocabulary

- Catastrophe vocabulary – e.g. earthquake, avalanche.  

- Adjectives

- Basic grammar – Present and Past tenses

- Speaking and Listening tasks.


The EAL Team identify students by their English proficiency at the time of their admission. When a new EAL pupil is interviewed a home language survey is conducted, a diagnostic test of English proficiency is then conducted.  Based on this, the need for support is then assessed.

Students who are new to English attend the KS3 Induction Group, where they have the opportunity to practise vocabulary and develop communication skills, enabling them to return to mainstream lessons equipped to access the curriculum. This programme consists of four lessons per week and runs for a term. During lessons in EAL the students study elements of English, Maths and Science gaining basic subject – specific vocabulary knowledge required to join mainstream subjects and work more independently. They also receive in – class support where possible.


For older students in KS4, there is the ESOL course to help students gain the communication skills needed to progress in the workplace, education and beyond.

They are available from Entry 1 to Level 2. ESOL exams contain four elements: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The students who select ESOL as one of their options are required to successfully pass all four components in order to receive a certificate of completion the course.


In addition, students have an opportunity to attend Homework Club that runs every day and welcomes students from KS3 and KS4. During these sessions the participants complete their homework in the supportive environment with some help from the EAL staff and their peers. This allows them to make effective use of free time and resources offered by the school.



English Clubs

EAL students are always encouraged to join English Clubs in order to enhance their language skills. There is a selection from clubs catering for EAL beginners to more advanced learners of English. Ms Przygoda and her Team work with targeted students during lunch breaks and after school.


Community Languages GCSE

Year 11 students who are bilingual in particular languages, such as Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Polish, have an opportunity to gain an extra GCSE. Knowledge of each accredited language is assessed through exams that students take between April and June each year. 


The exams consist of tasks covering: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Results from the Community Languages GCSE exams are available on the official results day in August for year 11. Year 10 students can obtain their results from Ms.Przygoda in September. 


In order to be successful in any of the Community Languages GCSE the students must be competent in English as well.The most common achievement for the Community Languages GCSE is 8/9 score.

Students taking the Community Languages GCSE exams are able to join a new established Google Classroom. This initiative helps share resources and important information with the participants, for instance audio files for Listening as well as mock exams scores.


Aneta Przygoda - Curriculum Team Leader of EAL

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The Buddy System, (Buddies)

Students who join Eastlea during the term are made welcome by Buddies: student volunteers who are keen to help new students. Buddies are matched up by year group and by language. 


Bilingual dictionaries in the School Shop

Recently we have started selling targeted bilingual dictionaries. This has proved to be very popular and welcomed, especially amongst our mid – phase admission students.

Mid-phase Admissions:

Please click here for further information if you are a parent/carer of a child who will be joining Eastlea Community School through a mid-phase admission. 

Cashless catering system: 

Please click here for information on our Cashless catering system You can also find a link to the online site on our Term Dates & Information page.  

Please contact any member of the EAL Team for more information.

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