EAL Curriculum

First, Second and Third Forms
Students follow a General English study programme, that is tailored to their individual language needs and abilities. Students can also take the Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET).

Fourth and Fifth Form
Students study for the Cambridge IGCSE in English as a Second Language over the two year period.

Sixth Form 
IB students study on the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) examination course, while non-IB students take the IELTS Preparation course.

IB English Language B (Higher Level)

Content
The 3 Core Topics are:
• Global Issues
• Communication and Media
• Social Relationships

There is huge importance attached to producing and recognising registers and throughout the course pupils will study many different text types, from leaflets, posters and diary entries to poems, short stories and newspaper articles.

At Higher Level, pupils must also study two works of literature written in the target language: currently these are ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and ‘Cannery Row’ by John Steinbeck.
How the course is taught
Each course is normally taught by one or two subject teachers. Higher Level pupils will usually have nine lessons per two-week cycle and Standard Level pupils will have six lessons per two-week cycle.

A heavy emphasis is placed on pupil participation, presentation, research and independent learning. The School Library is well resourced for all courses. Further learning resources are available through the virtual learning environment and many tailored resources developed by the English B Department.  Students are supervised through the process of completing their Internal Assessments. Pupils are also expected to participate in relevant trips and keep themselves up-to-date with current affairs by reading English newspapers and periodicals and watching the news regularly.

In conjunction with the EAL department, students studying English B will usually also be helped to prepare for IELTS. For universities where courses are taught in English, their English language requirement for admission is satisfied either through a strong performance in English B or through a strong performance in IELTS. Please check university admissions pages or talk to a member of the Sixth Form team if you are concerned about the English language requirement for universities.

Expectations/Homework
Subject teachers set tasks according to an agreed work programme which helps students to manage their time. All students are expected to engage fully in lessons, keep up-to-date and to read and research widely in order to support their independent learning. IB students are expected to be resourceful and committed to intellectual enquiry. 

Preparatory Work
It is recommended that all students engage in substantial revision of English grammar and key vocabulary in order to prepare and equip themselves with the necessary tools for production and interaction before they embark on the course. In the summer preceding the course, they will be required to work on materials to facilitate this.

IB Language A Literature

Content
There are 4 parts to this course:

  • Works in translation
  • Detailed study
  • Literary genres
  • School-based options.

How the  course is taught
The course is put  together and taught on  the assumption that literature is concerned with our conceptions, interpretations and experiences of the world. The study of literature can  therefore be seen as an exploration of the way it represents the complex pursuits, anxieties, joys and fears to which human beings are exposed in the daily business of living. It enables an exploration of one of the more enduring fields of human creativity, and  provides opportunities for encouraging independent, original, critical and  clear  thinking. It also promotes respect for the imagination and a perceptive approach to the understanding and interpretation of literary works.

Expectations/Homework
The course is self-taught and  overseen by a single teacher. All the emphasis is placed on student participation, presentation, research and  independent learning. The School Library  is well resourced for many of the course's components. Students are supervised through the  process of completing their Internal Assessments (Oral and Written Assignments).

Tasks are set according to a work  programme which helps students to manage their time. All students are expected to engage fully in meetings/seminars, keep up to date and to read  and research widely in order to support their independent learning. IB students are  expected to be resourceful and committed to intellectual enquiry.

The  Extended Essay
Students may  wish to consider an aspect of Literature as the focus for their Extended Essay, particularly if they intend to study their language or a closely related
discipline at university. Students are free to select any topic that lends itself to an enquiry focus, requires assessment of conflicting evidence and has a holistic worth. The essay must be completed within 4000  words. Up to five hours of staff supervision are available to assist with the  planning, research and  execution of the Extended Essay.

Preparatory Work
If already at Brentwood School, students need to contact the teacher of Language A Literature to receive a list of authors to evaluate, even possibly to start their reading, over the summer break in preparation for the first module (Part 2) on their return.

IB English Language B (Higher & Standard Level)

Content
The 3 Core Topics are:

  • Global Issues
  • Communication and Media
  • Social Relationships

There is huge importance attached to producing and recognising registers and throughout the course pupils will study many different text types, from leaflets, posters and diary entries to poems, short stories and newspaper articles.

At Higher Level, pupils must also study two works of literature written in the target language: currently these are ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and ‘Cannery Row’ by John Steinbeck.

How the course is taught
Each course is normally taught by one or two subject teachers. Higher Level pupils will usually have nine lessons per two-week cycle and Standard Level pupils will have six lessons per two-week cycle.

A heavy emphasis is placed on pupil participation, presentation, research and independent learning. The School Library is well resourced for all courses. Further learning resources are available through the virtual learning environment and many tailored resources developed by the English B Department.  Students are supervised through the process of completing their Internal Assessments. Pupils are also expected to participate in relevant trips and keep themselves up-to-date with current affairs by reading English newspapers and periodicals and watching the news regularly.

In conjunction with the EAL department, students studying English B will usually also be helped to prepare for IELTS. For universities where courses are taught in English, their English language requirement for admission is satisfied either through a strong performance in English B or through a strong performance in IELTS. Please check university admissions pages or talk to a member of the Sixth Form team if you are concerned about the English language requirement for universities.

Expectations/Homework
Subject teachers set tasks according to an agreed work programme which helps students to manage their time. All students are expected to engage fully in lessons, keep up-to-date and to read and research widely in order to support their independent learning. IB students are expected to be resourceful and committed to intellectual enquiry. 

Preparatory Work
It is recommended that all students engage in substantial revision of English grammar and key vocabulary in order to prepare and equip themselves with the necessary tools for production and interaction before they embark on the course. In the summer preceding the course, they will be required to work on materials to facilitate this.