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English as a Second Language Support for Students

As well as native English-speaking students, the BISC currently enrolls students from China, Japan, Mexico, Korea, and Russia. Some Canadian students studying in the first year program  are also ESL. While the BISC strictly respects all language requirements set by the UK government for foreign students, we recognize that some ESL students will find it easier to succeed with carefully-targeted linguistic and cultural help.  In response to student and faculty requests, in 2012 the BISC appointed one of our ongoing faculty members with training and experience to deliver support for ESL students. Whether you could use some help with class readings, taking notes in lectures, or developing skills to participate fully in class seminars, the programme supports each student to reach his or her full academic potential, and to transition smoothly into the culture of destination.

Current BISC ESL programs are based on the particular needs of the ESL/EFL part of the student body in any given term. These include an academic induction to the castle during orientation week, with an explanation of the requirements students will have to fulfil for each course; regular meetings, both individually and in groups, with the BISC ESL co-ordinator; pre- and post-course language tests;  access to our ESL library and English for Specific Purposes on-line material; regular assessment on general progress, in collaboration with your tutors; access to the Academic Buddy Scheme. We also support  faculty by offering them training sessions on teaching particular first language groups, and ongoing guidance on how to help particular students.

Academic Buddy Scheme

On a voluntary basis, each ESL student interested in participating in the scheme will be paired with another student at the BISC (preferably an upper year), in order receive support and help predominantly with their studies, and particularly in relation to their English language and structure, but also with their time at the BISC. Each pairing will be expected to arrange regular meetings or study dates and to work together within the bounds of academic integrity.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact: Ruth M. Cereceda, BISC ESL Coordinator at r_cereceda@bisc.queensu.ac.uk

We are proud of our record of helping ESL students excel in their studies at the castle!