English as an Additional Language helps our overseas students to improve their level of English and supports them across all of their school subjects.

Improving your level of English will not only be useful in itself, but also allows the pupil to understand all of their subjects to a higher level.


EAL lessons take place in lieu of Modern Foreign Languages, where this is appropriate. All pupils are assessed on arrival, using the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) and work at a level appropriate for them. Pupils in year 7 and 8 primarily work on developing spoken communication, as well as broadening their range of grammar and vocabulary to support life and study at school

We prepare pupils in years 7 and 8 for the Trinity College London Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)


Trinity’s Graded Examinations in Spoken English provide a reliable and valid scheme of assessment through which learners and teachers can measure progress and development, whether for educational and vocational purposes or as a leisure activity.



This series of progressively graded exams is designed for speakers of languages other than English and sets realistic objectives in listening to and speaking with English speakers. The 12 grades provide a continuous measure of linguistic competence and take the learner from absolute beginner (Grade 1) to full mastery (Grade 12).

A major benefit of a graded exam system is that it provides a motivational tool with which to encourage learners to develop and progress by acknowledging small steps. All learners make progress at different rates, and a graded system ensures that at every stage of their development there is an opportunity for them to mark that progress. There is a Graded Examination in Spoken English appropriate to all learners, whatever their level of ability in communicating in English. Pupils in years 7 to 8 at Tettenhall College usually prepare for examinations at the Elementary or Lower Intermediate stage (Grades 4-6, CEFR level A2-B1).


Exam format

The exams take the form of a one-to-one, face-to-face oral assessment between the candidate and an examiner. The exam at each stage, and with increasing demands at each grade, replicates real-life exchanges in which the candidate and the examiner pass on information, or share ideas and opinions.

At Grades 4–6, the examination is 10 minutes. The candidate introduces a topic of his or her own choice. The examiner directs the discussion using the points prepared by the candidate. Then the examiner moves on to the Conversation phase, selecting two subject areas for discussion from the relevant lists below


Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • School and work
  • Hobbies and sports
  • Food
  • Weekend and seasonal activities
  • Festivals
  • Means of transport
  • Special occasions, eg birthday celebrations
  • Entertainment, eg cinema, television, clubs
  • Music
  • Recent personal experiences
  • Travel
  • Money
  • Fashion
  • Rules and regulations
  • Health and fitness
  • Learning a foreign language


Success and achievement

After the overall result has been calculated and checked, a certificate is generated if the candidate has achieved a pass level. The certificate states the level of pass as follows:

Pass with Distinction

Pass with Merit



All pupils at Key Stage 4 are assessed on arrival, using the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) and work at a level appropriate for them. We prepare pupils in years 9-11 for the Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) examinations, at CEFR levels A2-C1, as appropriate . Classes focus on developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as grammar, vocabulary and exam practice. Where appropriate, some Year 11 pupils also sit the Edexcel IGCSE in ESL. We aim for all Key Stage 4 pupils to progress at least one level in their language skills during a two-year period.

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Examinations

An ISE qualification provides valuable evidence of pupils’ ability to communicate effectively in English.

Preparing for Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) exams helps them develop the English language communication skills they need for the  future. The exams are also relevant for college, university and for employability purposes

ISE consists of two independent exam modules: Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening. The modules can be taken together, or at different times when students are ready.


Exam format


Reading & Writing - ISE Foundation (A2) ISE I (B1) ISE II (B2) ISE III (C1)

At all the above levels, pupils complete 2 Reading tasks, and 2 writing tasks. The exam is two hours.


Speaking & Listening

ISE Foundation (A2)

ISE I (B1)



2 x Speaking tasks

2 x Listening tasks

13 minutes

2 x Speaking tasks

2 x Listening tasks

18 minutes


3 x Speaking tasks

1 x Listening task

20 minutes


3 x Speaking tasks

1 x Listening task

25 minutes



Key Features of ISE

Key Benefits of ISE

◗◗ Assesses integrated skills in English

ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way, through integrated reading and writing exam tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks.

◗◗ Personalised discussion with an expert speaker

The ISE discussion task is an authentic, personalised, one-to-one conversation with a Trinity examiner, focusing on students’ own experiences, interests and opinions.

◗◗ Detailed results and certificates

The module certificates show separate results for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students also receive a detailed diagnostic report for each skills, showing strengths and areas for improvement. When both modules have been passed at the same level, an Integrated Skills in English qualification is awarded.

◗◗ Builds real-life communication skills

Preparing for ISE develops integrated, transferable English language skills in a real-life context that students need for study at school and university and later for employment.

◗◗ Flexible

Students can build ISE qualifications over time, taking exam modules together, or at different times.

◗◗ Allows students to perform at their best

Students can choose and prepare their own discussion topic for the Speaking & Listening module. This motivates them to learn and helps them to feel confident that they will perform at their best.



Achievement and Success


When candidates have achieved a minimum of a Pass for each skill they are awarded the Trinity ISE qualification. Their internationally recognized ISE certificate shows results for each skill, with one of the following recorded:


  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass




Year 11 Pupils at Tettenhall College who are working at B2 (CEFR) or above can be entered into the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in English as a Second Language (ESL)


This qualification comprises two Written assessments


Paper 1: Reading and Writing – 2 hours


Passages will be taken from a variety of sources, including fiction, and may include factual information, explanation, opinions and biographical writing.


• Part 4 – Short piece of writing in response to a given situation. Usually a letter or email

 • Part 5 – Factual piece of writing based on own knowledge and interests. Usually a report or  article

 Part 6 – Respond to one or two short texts and produce a summary


Paper 2: Listening


This unit is assessed through a 50-minute examination paper, including various listening tasks.



Achievement and Success

Candidates receive a grade between 9 and 1.


Sixth Form EAL pupils prepare for the Academic Module of the IELTS test. This examination is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration. Candidates are tested on all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Everyone takes the same Listening and Speaking tests. There are different Reading and Writing tests for IELTS Academic and General Training. For this reason, extra focus needs to be given to these parts of the test on the Academic Module.


The Four components are as follows:



Approximately 30 minutes


There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, matching, plan/ map/diagram labelling, form completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, summary completion, sentence completion, short-answer questions



60 minutes


There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, identifying information (True/False/Not Given), identifying a writer’s views/claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions



60 minutes


There are 2 tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.



11-14 minutes


There are 3 parts:


Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)

Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)

Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)




IELTS is designed to assess English language skills across a wide range of levels. There is no such thing as a pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).


The IELTS band score scale

9 Expert user

8 Very good user

7 Good user

6 Competent user

5 Modest user

4 Limited user

3 Extremely limited user

2 Intermittent user

1 Non user


Each university sets its own English Language entry requirements. At Tettenhall College, we encourage pupils to research the requirements at the universities where they apply. A typical requirement for undergraduate study is an overall band score of 6.5. When in-class assessment indicates that pupils are ready to achieve a suitable score, Tettenhall College pupils can be entered to take the test in Birmingham (The School is not an IELTS centre), or they can take the test in their home country during school holidays.



Candidates receive a Test Report Form which reports a score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), as well as an overall band score. Half band scores may be awarded to indicate a strong performance within a particular band. Results will be available 13 days after the test. The test Report form is sent directly to candidates; not to the School. Tettenhall College requires pupils to provide evidence of any test results to the EAL department, as these can be very useful for informing future learning.


EAL trips take place at least once a term for years 7-11. These are usually in the Midlands area, or beyond. They focus on the following:

  • Local orientation
  • Cultural or historical interaction
  • Extension of topics covered in lessons
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