ESL

As an international school, Woodstock welcomes students from around the globe. The cultural and linguistic diversity of our student body provides unique opportunities for all the students at the school.  For many Woodstock students English is not their first language; over 50% of students enrolled speak a language other than English at home.  Therefore, the English language lessons and support are essential for students to develop proficiency and fully engage in the rigorous school curriculum.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) department works to help learners master the necessary English skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In order to achieve this, we offer a “structured immersion” programme to students from grades 5-7. This begins with an intensive foundation course. As students become more confident with their language skills a differentiated programme is provided within the regular classroom. This may include advanced individualised support for students in the senior school. The ESL department is mindful of the importance of a student’s home language as being essential to cognitive growth, as well as enabling the student to retain cultural and emotional stability.