English as Additional Language

EFL in Midleton College

English as Additional Language (EAL)

Transitioning to a new educational environment can be challenging, particularly when the primary language of instruction is not your first language. Midleton College recognizes the unique needs of international students and offers an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program tailored to ease this transition and help students excel in their academic pursuits.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

The EAL classes at Midleton College are designed to provide comprehensive support to students whose first language is not English. With an emphasis on preparing students for the Cambridge exams, the curriculum is crafted to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge for a level-appropriate Cambridge exam, which can be taken in May at University College Cork.

Holistic Skill Development

The program covers all aspects of language learning, ensuring a balanced approach to developing various skills. The focus areas include:

  1. Grammar: Solidifying the fundamental building blocks of the English language.
  2. Reading: Enhancing comprehension skills through various text analyses.
  3. Writing: Practicing writing skills across various formats and styles.
  4. Listening: Developing the ability to understand spoken English in different contexts.
  5. Speaking: Building confidence in speaking and communication.

Moreover, students work with sample Cambridge exam papers to acquire the needed exam-taking skills. This hands-on approach ensures that they are well-prepared for the actual examination.

Supporting Transition Year (TY) International Students

TY international students who are part of the EAL program at Midleton College receive additional support. They can work on their Transition Year portfolios and receive guidance with material from various subjects. The support extends beyond academics, with assistance provided for orientation around the campus and adapting to life in Ireland.

In addition to EAL, TY international students also undertake a class in English and Communications. This layered approach ensures that students receive a rounded education in the English language, enriching their overall academic experience.


Midleton College’s EAL program stands as a beacon of support for international students, bridging the language gap and fostering success. With a meticulous curriculum that aligns with international standards, students are not only prepared for exams but also equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in an English-speaking environment. By embracing the individual needs of each student, Midleton College affirms its commitment to inclusive and exceptional education.