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Helping you with the English language skills you will need for a top UK university

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English as an Additional Language (EAL) is a subject that helps international students develop both their productive (speaking and writing) and receptive (listening and reading) skills. We build students' general English knowledge as well as prepare them for the IELTS exam which is necessary towards successful University Entrance. 

In general students requiring English Language support are aiming for university places. RIC offers tuition in the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) which is universally recognised and accepted by all UK Universities. The examination is organised around the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

All students need guided practice in these language skills but what is perhaps more important is experience and practice in free and confident self-expression which is a core skill for all sections of the examination as well as for the future demands of university and life in the UK in general. Therefore, this course contains both controlled and free practice not only of examination skills and targeted language, such as that contained in the course book, but also of authentic language in use, such as in newspapers. 

Also, it is important that students learn to become self-critical and aware of their own and others’ common mistakes. Everyone makes occasional careless slips, even native speakers and tactics for dealing with these are vital. 

The course uses official IELTS coursebooks as the curriculum guide and other activities are designed around the content in the text books. This content is skills based and provides guided progression in all aspects of academic language. Authentic language, most often that found in newspapers or online, is brought in as much as possible within the time constraints of teaching students on one year courses. Pronunciation is at the core of lessons wherever possible. Before coming to the College, most students have received intensive training in the structure of the language and, while form is an important part of the course it is not the main focus. The main aim is communication and improving students’ ability to notice the language around them and bring it into their own use.

In the EAL classroom, the teacher acts as a facilitator to encourage as much speaking and cooperative learning as possible. International students have practice carrying out presentations, projects, and even writing and producing a play. Last year the Year 13 Class put on a highly successful production of The Great Gatsby! 

We offer subject-specific lessons with one-on-one support for students with English-heavy subjects for their A levels. Support is targeted to help international students develop their study skills and confidence in their subject.

The EAL team creates an environment where all International Students can feel safe, comfortable and develop strong bonds with their peers, so they feel at home at Rochester Independent College.

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