English as an Additional Language

Monmouth School for Boys libraryThe English as an Additional Language (EAL) department offers support for international pupils for whom English is not a first language. Pupils arriving in school in Years 7 to 10 will study English in small groups, focusing on key literacy and communication skills.  Support is given with specific tasks or homework if needed, and pupils have the opportunity to discuss individual concerns with the EAL co-ordinator.

Students arriving in Year 12 take IELTS preparation classes to ensure that they have the English language qualifications required for university entrance.  The classes focus on developing academic English in all four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking; rigorous preparation and practice ensure that the students are prepared for the exam.


Felix achieved a minimum of 7.5 and Justin achieved a minimum of 7.0 in all papers in the recent IELTS exams.

Extra-Curricular EAL

In addition to time in the EAL department, boys are encouraged to broaden their communication skills in a number of ways. Sixth form students are encouraged to attend the EAL newspaper reading and discussion group which develops spoken confidence and broadens knowledge of current world affairs. The EAL department also runs local excursions so that international pupils can get to know the beautiful surrounding area while practising their English.  We also hold regular social activities for EAL pupils, such as the pizza-making evening for VI.1.