English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional
Language (EAL)

English as an Additional
Language (EAL)


The EAL Department at Clifton College Preparatory School aims to assist new pupils to adapt to life at Clifton College, bearing in mind the variety of differing backgrounds and cultures they represent. This involves building each pupil’s confidence through the improvement of linguistic skills and a smooth integration into the mainstream school syllabus; widening their understanding of British customs and culture; and the provision of continued pastoral and curricular support.



Our goal is to give each child the chance to develop all four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with a particular focus on oral communication. To achieve this, we group pupils by ability so as to facilitate meaningful, communicative teaching and learning. They are taught in small groups or individually, depending on their needs.

At the end of their time in Year 8, all the pupils sit the Preliminary English Test (PET), which tests their speaking, reading and writing skills. A certificate of achievement is also available at the end of their time in the Preparatory School.


Why Study At Clifton College?

We have an in-house unit based in the Coach House with all the facilities required to assess each pupilt’s individual facility with English and tailor our courses appropriately.

Every year there are two EAL trips for pupils:

  • A Year 7 trip around Bristol, visiting the historical and cultural sites of the city, including the SS Great Britain, Museums, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the M Shed Museum and the Banksy exhibition.

  • A Year 8 trip to Christ College, Oxford, considered by many to be the home of the English Language, which offers a chance for the pupils to learn all about the famous university and even try their hand at punting.