Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Joining a full time international school can be difficult for many students. 

From the outset, POWIIS aims to foster an environment that encourages and nurtures students who are new to the English language or require English enrichment.

The additional support is an excellent provision lead by a team of qualified, caring and committed EAL teachers and their aim is to develop the language potential of each student through an innovative and meaningful approach to language learning.

Language Extension programmes cover all the skills they need to succeed, the EAL classes run daily and the programme ensures a positive approach to learning the English language and run on a short term or extended basis depending on the learner needs. Students are assessed, additionally to the entrance examination, which enables a programme of study to be devised to lay the foundation for the use of the English language, for each individual student. Students soon develop the self-confidence to use English to communicate both verbally and in writing, and they quickly pick up a broad vocabulary and a better knowledge of the grammar and structure of the English language. A specific emphasis is placed upon:

  • Listening skills

  • Developing students’ spoken English

  • Reading fluency

  • Accurate pronunciation

  • Extending vocabulary

  • Building a strong foundation in grammar

  • Encouraging oral and written comprehension

  • Communicating through a variety of written forms

Classes are small and one to one lessons are arranged for individual support. Once the students grasp the fundamentals of English, they can transfer to a full complement of subject classes.

Our Intensive EAL Programme

The Advance Language Programmes are designed to help students develop more advanced skills in academic language and proficiency in the use of English as a second language.

The IGCSE is offered to students at the end of senior school and the IELTS examination for preparation for universities worldwide.

The core areas are speaking, reading, writing and listening, leading towards greater competence and confidence in the English language as well as an internationally recognised certificate awarded by Cambridge International Examinations board and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

The IELTS has been developed to ensure students have mastered the skills to help them through the rest of their academic life.

Secondary Students whose first language is not English take the Oxford Online Placement Test  as part of the admission procedure. The test assesses their level of English and grades them according to the CEF (Common European Framework) levels.  As the level of English needed to function in the school increases the higher up the school a student is studying, so the level required to enter each year group also increases.  A student may enter Year 7 with A1 level (minimal English) but will need to be at B1 level to enter Years 9 or 10. However, the students writing skills and oral skills (assessed during interview) are also taken into account.

Students in year 7 follow the KET (Key English Test) course and will progress to the PET (Preliminary English Test) in year 8. Those who continue to receive EAL lessons in year 9 will study towards the FCE – (Cambridge) First Certificate in English as a preparation for the iGCSE English Examination in year 11.

Students in year 12 and 13 have the option to study towards the IELTS examination for advanced English language proficiency used as an entrance requirement for universities.


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