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18/07/18

Tomorrow our Meridian Cup winners South House will be enjoying their reward trip to Thorpe Park! All students need to arrive by 8:15am and bring suncream! https://t.co/rXYmYCnFJe

18/07/18

2 nights of the most wonderful performances by the cast of students from Meridian High and Fairchilds Primary. Thank you to all parents and carers who came to support our students and their amazing teachers!! Bravo Team!! https://t.co/aOdjPTkc2T

13/07/18

Retweeted From George Watson

Amazing day with sports day; now getting ready for the year 11 prom for this evening and deciding on my sessions for tomorrow.

13/07/18

Retweeted From Amy Anderson

So proud of South House Winners of the Meridian Cup! https://t.co/GqaknWMmDh

13/07/18

And the WINNERS of the 2017/2018 Meridian Cup are SOUTH HOUSE!!! All south house students will be attending a reward trip to Thorpe Park on Thursday!!!! https://t.co/G68uQaKDe6

13/07/18

Sports day winners!!! WEST HOUSE!!!! https://t.co/AVGdhPFjB6

13/07/18

Anticipation!!! Who will win?? https://t.co/wHJcflDoWv

13/07/18

North vs South teacher tug of war! https://t.co/Fknw5vAPcX

13/07/18

East vs West teacher Tug of War! https://t.co/4ER0es79ee

13/07/18

Year 10 girls 100m!! What a win for east!!! https://t.co/Uj19XiigkS

13/07/18

Year 9 girls 100m https://t.co/qNbPqGA0XW

13/07/18

Year 9 boys 100m!!! https://t.co/auTelQIqpA

13/07/18

Year 8 100m!!! https://t.co/H9M2NrQN5N

13/07/18

Year 8 100m!!! Close call!! https://t.co/7o8qSdbOsM

13/07/18

Great 400m win for west!!! https://t.co/VneYu8cmQI

13/07/18

East win!!!! https://t.co/9yYVnI04Tq

13/07/18

West win!!!! https://t.co/l9pcSTuZ1y

13/07/18

East win! https://t.co/QQGhzOplKj

13/07/18

South win!!! https://t.co/Xc7IfKNXWf

13/07/18

West win!! https://t.co/v013WgcyDZ

English as a Second Language (ESL)

What is English as a Second Language for at Meridian High School?

The main aim of the EAL department is to support students for whom English is an additional language, in order to facilitate their access to the mainstream curriculum. We offer language support to those at an early stage of learning English, as well as to students who have more advanced learning skills.

KS3

New arrivals are withdrawn from mainstream lessons and taught English language. This includes the four skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as grammar, vocabulary and punctuation and an introduction to mainstream subjects. 

KS4

English language is taught in one of the option blocks, with the opportunity to complete the Cambridge IGCSE ESL or ESOL examination. Students develop their ability to use English effectively and accurately for the purpose of practical communication. The skills they acquire provide a foundation for further study and employment using English. For those who have had little previous education literacy skills are the main focus. 

Why does English as a Second Language as a subject matter?

It develops the learner’s ability to use English effectively for the purpose of practical communication. It forms a solid foundation for the language skills required for further study in UK. It develops the learner’s awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills. It promotes learners’ personal development.

What does English as a Second Language help young people to achieve?

ESL gives learners the opportunity to gain lifelong skills and knowledge including:

  • A better communicative ability in English
  • The ability to understand English in a range of everyday situations and in a variety of social registers and styles.
  • The ability to use a range of language – learning skills.
  • A wider international perspective; texts selected for reading and listening deal with contemporary and international issues.

Topics covered in Year 9:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Qualification title:

IGCSE ESL

Additional learning resources: