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Combined Pre-sessional course –  King’s English Language Centre, King’s College London

The Combined Pre-sessional course at King’s College London is an innovative, blended learning experience, bringing together online and face-to-face teaching.

Created and designed by the expert tutors and developers at the King’s English Language Centre, the Combined Pre-sessional is a full-time course consisting of online lessons made up of high-quality videos, practice exercises, and coursework submission.

Offered in 15, 10 and 6-week long course options, the Combined Pre-sessional course develops students’ Academic English, language and study skills, supporting them to progress to their chosen degree at King’s College London.

Students' online study is complemented by regular real-time interaction with tutors and peers through web conferencing software. On arrival in London, students build on what they’ve learned by continuing to face-to-face classes with the King’s English Language Centre in London.

Students receive ongoing support throughout to achieve their academic potential and build their confidence while settling into life in London.

The journey to success starts at King’s.

Find out more about the Combined Pre-sessional course at King’s College London.

Brick by Brick - StandFor /  FTD Educação

Brick by Brick is a new course for Primary learners who are part of this ever-changing, technological world. The series invites students to become architects of their own learning process, through varied, fun and engaging activities that offer opportunities for hands-on work while using the English language.

EAL Assessment Framework for Schools - The Bell Foundation with Prof. Constant Leung, King’s College London; Dr. Michael Evans and Dr. Yongcan Liu, Cambridge University (Cambridge University Technical Services Limited)

The EAL Assessment Framework for Schools provides teachers with an academically robust, curriculum-based, easy-to-use framework for assessing pupils with English as an Additional Language. It enables teachers within primary and secondary settings to effectively report English language proficiency of EAL learners to the DfE and gives practical strategies on how best to support and track progression.

“I've worked in the EAL sector for many years and provide information, advice and guidance to schools. The Framework is the most comprehensive assessment tool so far produced and it needs to be shared with schools.”

“Staff needed more support in assessing children and the DfE broad descriptors of English proficiency were not sufficient to ensure progression was planned for. Staff love the fact that each stage of proficiency was then split up into speaking listening reading and writing and this ensured that provision was closely matched to the needs of the child.”

Find out more about EAL Assessment Framework for Schools 

EAP for Syrian Academics project - Cara (Council for at-risk academics) with ELTC, The University of Sheffield; ISLI, The University of Reading; and Centre for Open Learning, Edinburgh University

The EAP for Syrian Academics Project is an innovative programme to provide online EAP (English for Academic Purposes) language lessons and online material support for Syrian academics exiled in towns and villages across Turkey. Each academic is paired with an experienced EAP tutor to receive weekly online lessons using web conferencing software. The goal of the programme is to enhance their employability, keep them engaged in current academic practice provide them with the confidence to engage with the wider academic communities in their field. Along with the online lessons, they are also given access to a website where self-study materials and social contact with their peers and tutors are available. This is very important given the isolation that some of them experience in their new circumstances.

Find out more about EAP for Syrian Academics project

Family Skills Toolkit - Learning Unlimited Ltd

Family Skills* is a free downloadable toolkit containing detailed guidance, session plans and resources for a 30-hour course which aims to improve the literacy of pupils with EAL in primary Reception classes by working with the whole family. It is designed for use by ESOL/Family Learning tutors working in primary schools with parents/carers who are speakers of other languages (ESOL) and their children.

Session content includes: benefits of bilingualism; home literacy practices; oral traditions; reading strategies; phonics; learning through play; primary education.

Family Skills aims to support parents/carers to:

  • develop their own literacy and language skills
  • learn more about phonics and how children are taught to read in schools
  • feel more confident about supporting their children’s learning and literacy at school and at home with fun activities
  • get more involved at their child’s primary school.

* the Family Skills project was funded by EEF, Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy.

Find out more about Family Skills Toolkit 

Imagine! - Silva Education Ltd.

Imagine! is a short course for children from low income communities in Brazil to have access to high quality learning materials that are relevant to their everyday reality. Created specifically for use in informal education with disadvantaged children aged around 8 to 12 years old, the flexibility of the teaching approach and mixture of L1 and English means that is manageable for both children and volunteer teachers. It is visually impactful and features course characters that provide a positive role model for end users.

Find out more about Imagine!