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English as an Additional Language

Welcome to EAL at St Aloysius' College


Mrs H Flavin Head of EAL/EMA
Mrs S Hunter Teaching Assistant
Ms B Jastrzab Teaching Assistant

The department monitors English as an Additional Language (EAL) student language targets. We also provide effective language support in classes, in our after school homework club and literacy club. In addition, we organise various internal and external community activities including trips to SOAS University, Harry Potter World, History through Culture events, Christmas luncheon, Culture Fest. Our Student Volunteer Programme also supports local communities by hosting volunteer outreach programmes to help others in their communities such as our Food and Clothes Christmas collection for St Gabriel’s Community Centre.

Learning Support Programme:

  • Homework/Coursework Support; offers help and support to EAL/EMA pupils with their homework or coursework in different subjects after school
  • Literacy lessons: for EAL targeted pupils who require intervention
  • Lexis: a literacy software program to improve students’ use of phonics and reading comprehension skills
  • KS3/KS4/KS5 ESOL lessons: to develop their cognitive academic language proficiency this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Debate Mate: a debate mentoring programme designed to raise aspirations as well as supporting students with their oracy skills. This is run by groups of talented graduates who train our students for the local and national competitions throughout the year.
  • Edexcel ESOL exam or Step Up to English exam in listening and speaking, reading and writing. Entry 1 to Level 2 for those unable to complete GCSE English Language and Literature.
  • Mother Tongue Supplementary Language classes. Information about community schools in Islington.

Upcoming Events

Summer Term

Languages Challenge Celebration

SOAS University runs a competition to encourage the use of students’ Mother Tongues. Two teams of five students from years 8-10 have taken part in this competition this academic year from October to May and both teams have produced five tasks (including science experiments, programming, story telling and travel writing) which will be celebrated at SOAS university in June.

Culture Fest – week beginning July 2nd 2018. 

St. Aloysius' celebrates the cultural diversity and talent of the school with music, dance and food from around the world. Work from different subject areas across the academic year will also be on display for parents to view.

PGL Trip to Liddington Hall

Our annual PGL trip for a group of 21 students will take place on the last three days of the summer term to assist the learning of communication skills and team work.

Proficiency Exams

During AP4 week, EAL students will sit a Language Proficiency exam, separate from their English exams to their proficiency level in the English language. Students will then receive targets which they can work towards during all of their lessons across the school.

Community Language Exams

As always, many (52 this year) students will sit their GCSE, AS or A2 examinations in May and June in their native tongue. This year, students are taking exams in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.


  • World Cup Football Tournament


History through Culture Celebrations

  • Black History Month Conference
  • Year 7 Poetry Competition
  • Teacher Poetry Reading


  • EAL Parents Evening


  • Christmas Luncheon
  • Christmas Charity Food and Clothes Collection

Students at work before school in our EAL work room

Our first Debate Mate competition in 2017

We took 12 EAL boys to watch ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at the Globe Theatre

The EAL/EMA trip to Harry Potter Studios in Watford

Team work and problem solving at Kingswood, July 2017

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