Why choose the Earlscliffe EAP?
A two year A-Level course, a one year GCSE course or a one year University Foundation (UFY) course is not easy and rather than risk difficulties due to a lack of academic English or sufficient previous subject knowledge, some students prefer to take this general academic English language preparation course to make sure that when they do start their two year Earlscliffe A-Level, one year GCSE or UFY programme they are linguistically well-equipped to succeed.
The majority of EAP students will choose the examined route: they will sit the IELTS exam once per term and a final /IGCSE English as a Second Language paper. Some academic subjects may be examined in English if the student has made sufficient progress.
Other students from overseas prefer to take the Earlscliffe EAP as a year away from their own system, to perfect their English, be introduced to academic subjects and get involved in college life as fully as possible, with the aim of returning home to their former school and national system after completing the EAP year with us. Such students would ordinarily be classified as UK Year 11, Year 12 or Year 13.
The course content
The weekly timetable is made up of lessons in the following areas: English Language studies in the more traditional sense for half of the allocation and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) for the other half. CLIL is: Content – progression in knowledge, skills and understanding related to specific elements of a defined curriculum; Communication – using language to learn whilst learning to use language; Cognition – developing thinking skills which link concept formation (abstract and concrete), understanding and language; Culture – exposure to alternative perspectives and shared understandings, which deepen awareness of otherness and self. In a CLIL lesson, all four language skills should be combined: Listening is a normal input activity, vital for language learning; Reading, using meaningful material, is the major source of input; Speaking focuses on fluency. Accuracy is seen as subordinate; Writing is a series of lexical activities through which grammar is recycled. Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences form the basis for some of these CLIL lessons.
EAP students live alongside our GCSE/A level/UFY students in supervised, regulated college residences. We do not offer homestay accommodation. All students are integrated socially. EAP students participate fully in our planned and supervised Sports, Culture and Service (SCS) programme each term, which includes unlimited, free access to the gym and indoor pool, team sports, theatre and day trips and charity fundraising events. EAP student fees include all tuition, accommodation and meals during term time. The college is open during half-term weeks and it is possible to stay with us during these mid-term breaks in October, February and May.
EAP students are taught by our qualified English Language teachers and our usual Earlscliffe academic staff.
EAP students participate in the standard Earlscliffe Orientation Week in September with all new students. This includes both academic and social orientation culminating in the Oxford Weekend at the end of the week. The usual hallmarks of any Earlscliffe programme are applied to the EAP: small classes (maximum 9 per teaching group); weekly TRaC™ testing to monitor performance and progress, and intensive teaching.
A limited number of places are available for students wishing to spend one or two terms with us on the EAP.