Within Campbell College Boarding Department, teaching English to our international students is vital as our GCSE and A Level classes are all delivered in English. Our International English teacher supports students in learning the language not just in order to gain better exam grades but to encourage greater school involvement and participation generally.
In Years 11 and 12, our international students study what is known as IGCSE in ESL (International GCSE in English as a Second Language). This qualification is recognised by universities worldwide and only a few Grammar Schools in Northern Ireland offer this. Year 12 Spanish student Roc Camprubi remarked, “IGCSE teaches you how to write articles, summaries, letters and also how to analyse text which is useful for other subjects.” Jeffrey Wong a Year 12 student from Hong Kong, realises the distinct difference in content between GCSE English and International English (IGCSE). “IGCSE is more suitable for an overseas student as we study global issues such as culture or global warming rather than Shakespeare.” Sebastian Bruegel, a Year 12 student from Germany, added “in Germany we only learned grammar in the classroom but in Campbell we have to speak English everyday – it is great!”
Calvin Leung, Chak Yip and Marcus Fung, all Year 14 students from Hong Kong, have all worked their way through the IELTS course (International English Language Testing System). When they arrived at Campbell College they had limited knowledge of the English Language. To make matters worse, when they learned English in Hong Kong it was a British accent they heard, so the Northern Irish accent added an extra challenge. Calvin said “International English has helped so much with my education and has given me more confidence to get involved in the College community”. Marcus and Chak both agreed that the role of International English within the College has helped to break language barriers and allowed them to achieve better grades. Their International English teacher commented, “The boys have improved so much over the years. They have come a long way, progressing from basic English to becoming proficient users who could easily cope at any English speaking university.”
Campbell College aim to give their international students the best start and their results are impressive! Classes however are not just about results, but about having fun, making friends from other countries and learning how to use English in all walks and aspects of life.