English as a Foreign Language

Living abroad, far away from home in Malaysia, was challenging.  However Cobham Hall made me feel welcome and comfortable.  I’m thankful for all the opportunities the school gave to me, and would recommend it to other international students.  I’ve enjoyed every single minute in this school and will cherish it forever. 

- Xu Qing, Year 13

Cobham Hall’s international ethos attracts girls from all over the world.  Our outstanding EFL Department provides our international students with a unique environment of academic, cultural, and pastoral support, enabling them to thrive in our education system.  Lessons are highly interactive and stimulating, and offer numerous communication opportunities which will aid the development of both competence and confidence in the language.

The EFL Department provides English Language support for all students in the Sixth Form whose first language is not English.  In Year 12, EFL lessons prepare learners for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, a requirement of most UK universities.  Students are taught in small groups by IELTS specialists and develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of Academic English, extending their linguistic and communication skills, equipping them for the wider curriculum demands of their other Sixth Form studies.  Students also follow courses leading to Cambridge English Examinations, which they take either at the end of Year 12 or Year 13.

In addition to their formal lessons, students at Cobham Hall also benefit from the open-door policy of the EFL Department, which offers them on-going support and assistance in their wider journey of cultural adaptation to life in the UK and beyond.

The international nature of the school encourages [pupils with EAL] to become fluent in English and so to make rapid progress.
– Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, February 2015

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