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Top Results for English Language Learners
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Pembrokeshire College has been teaching students from overseas for over 22 years, so it came as no surprise that the College’s English language team recently achieved exceptional EFL (English as a Foreign Language) exam results . Most students raised their IELTS score by 0.5 and in some cases 1.0; this year’s cohort came from China, the UAE, Germany, Thailand and Vietnam all aiming to improve their IELTS score in preparation to progress to either A-levels or University entry.
English language is vital for students from overseas wishing to gain an education in the UK. To study A-levels students require an IELTS score of 5.5 and most universities ask for an entry score of 6. Pre-sessional English at Pembrokeshire College prepares students for A-levels and progression to university.
“The highest overall scores attained were 7.5 and above with some students scoring as high as 8.0 and 8.5 in Writing and Speaking, this is an exceptional result for foreign learners at Pembrokeshire College,” said English Language teacher Maria Evans. Over half of the students scored 5.5 and above for their Speaking test. “The success of this can be attributed to the expertise of the EFL teaching staff that focuses the students’ attention on how to use good pronunciation skills, which leads to greater confidence and an ability to express opinions clearly,” continued Maria. Matthew Lim from Kuala Lumpur, a second year A-level student who is hoping to study Biomedical Engineering, said: “Living with a host family and learning in the UK has helped me with all elements of the English language”.
The British Council estimates 375 million people speak English as first language, another 375 million as a second language and about 750 million more people speak English as a foreign language. English, which was first brought to our shores by Germanic invaders, is the world’s most widely used language in publishing, international telecommunications, international trade, mass entertainment, diplomacy and has now replaced German as the dominant language of scientific research.
The College recently appointed Professor Rod Thomas as the Head of Higher Education and International Student Recruitment. With an engineering background, Rod has a wealth of experience in education and the International sector. Rod is a former Head of Engineering at Swansea College and also worked for what was then Swansea Metropolitan University. Most recently Rod led the High Performance Computing Wales project in partnership with Fujitsu and universities across Wales, a project which a number of Pembrokeshire College degree students participated in.