Highgrove Education

English Language Support

The level of your academic English is vital for success at school and beyond, and even if you have fluent spoken English, you may find you need to improve the accuracy of your written English and develop the breadth of your vocabulary.  In this elective we look at a range of skills in English, including academic writing, reading and listening comprehension, and expressing yourself clearly and effectively in spoken English. Whether you’re aiming to excel in essay writing, dissect complex texts, or engage in insightful discussions, this course will support you to raise the level of your academic English.

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMr Mike Williams, EAL and EPQ Teacher
Course LengthAcademic Year
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsOpen to pupils with English as an additional language at Intermediate level and above

Course Syllabus

Autumn 1Human and physical worlds
Autumn 2Health and fitness; technology
Spring 1Ambition and success; history
Spring 2Natural disasters; the media
Summer 1Work; holiday and travel
Summer 2Crime; fashion and shopping

Teacher Profile

Mr Williams grew up in various locations in the UK and overseas, completing his secondary schooling in Hong Kong. He graduated from Leeds University with a BA (Hons) in International History and Politics and gained an MPhil in Modern Languages from Dundee University. Mike has been teaching English and IELTS for over thirty years, most recently with Harrow School Online. As well as teaching English as an Additional Language in UK independent schools, Mike has lived and taught in universities and international schools in China and Abu Dhabi. He is an examiner for the CIE IGCSE English as a Second Language paper and has also been an IELTS examiner.