English as a Foreign Language Provision EFL (English as a Foreign Language) is a well-established department at Ashville with one full-time and three part-time members of staff. Overseas students normally take EFL lessons when the rest of their class is having mainstream English lessons. In addition, some receive extra lessons during the Language lessons (for example instead of French, German or Spanish). We tailor the offering to each individual based on their need and ability. We encourage students to take the appropriate tests so they have formal qualifications showing their proficiency in English. We sit students for the Cambridge tests, including the Cambridge University entrance test (IELTS) and the Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency tests. For some students, there will also be the chance to take the International GCSE (IGCSE) in English. Those students who make exceptional progress will have the opportunity to take GCSE English. EFL lessons are structured according to the needs of the students, classes are small (usually around 5 to 8, sometimes one-to-one and never more than 15) and the full range of skills is taught (reading, writing, speaking and listening). As well as this, the EFL teachers are keen to teach students about British culture and lifestyle further adding to your experience. In addition, we have partnerships with several language schools, and can recommend courses for you prior to your arrival, to ensure that you are as well equipped and prepared as possible for your time here at Ashville.