English Language Support (ELS)

Equipping pupils with English Language proficiency and unlock their future

At Brighton College (Singapore), we believe that a strong academic foundation, enabled by a firm grasp of the English Language, sets the foundation for future success and opens doors to global opportunities. By providing a fully immersive and customised approach to language acquisition, our approach builds confidence, encourages curiosity, and enables our pupils to quickly attain proficiency in the language. 

Our English Language Support (ELS) supports students with beginning English language skills to develop both written and spoken English proficiency, so that they can make unlock their potential here, at Brighton College (Singapore).


We offer two tiers of support within our ELS provision, for pupils from Years 1 to Year 8. If your child requires additional language support, they will be assessed during the admissions process to ascertain their current level of English. An English language screener will be administered with a member of our teaching team to understand your child’s existing proficiency, so as to ascertain the level of support required.

Fully Individualised Approach

Pupils learn at different speeds, and have different needs - a fully customised approach enables pupils to obtain support and instruction in areas that are most beneficial to them.

Dedicated ELS Specialist

Pupils gain push-in, or pull-out support, depending on the context of learning for the day. This means that pupils get the most out of their learning, that can be immediately applied to the classroom context.

An Immersive Environment

A supportive homeroom environment, with opportunities to practice, learn, and interact with peers - it is the most ideal environment for a budding language learner to build confidence and improve proficiency in the language.

ELS (Starter)

Pupils are integrated in a class with the exception of 80 minutes of English language instruction each day. These students also receive support from an ELS co-teacher during one period each day, and is available to pupils at early stages of language acquisition enrolling into Year 1 to Year 6.

The support is class-based and follows the British National curriculum delivered in English, and provides pupils with daily “in class” support by ELS teachers as well as a daily 80-minute English Language Acquisition classes.

During this time, pupils will learn in a multicultural and multi-linguistic environment. This targeted language class provides a unique opportunity for pupils to build connections across cultural groups and accelerate their English proficiency.

ELS (Intermediate)

Pupils are fully integrated in homeroom classes and receive support from our team of co-teachers each day. Our ELS teachers plan lessons with every year level homeroom teacher so even when they are not in the class, the ELS pupils receive English language support from the class teacher. This is available to pupils enrolling into Year 1 to Year 8, and have an intermediate to high level of English proficiency.

Pupils are placed with a class teacher and will be fully immersed in the year level content, allowing them to learn alongside their year level peers throughout the day. These pupils are taught by their class teachers and subject teachers along with highly qualified English Language Acquisition teachers.

Pupils in this pathway, in addition to English language support, are also offered Mandarin and French (Year 3 and above) as a Foreign Language, giving students the opportunity to expand their language skills and broaden their cultural understanding.

An Individualised Approach to Language Learning

Our programme is designed with the younger learners in mind. Our pupils may have had limited exposure to the English language, and this approach is designed to make the learning experience an enjoyable one. In collaboration with class teachers, our ELS Specialist will support pupils through small group or individual ‘pull-out’ sessions, as well as with ‘push-in’ support. The nature, and number of ‘pull-out’ and ‘push-in’ sessions will vary, depending on the level of support, timetabling and pupil’s needs.

Years 5 and 6

Pull-out Sessions

During ‘pull-out’ sessions, pupils receive intensive and tailored English language instruction within a 1-on-1 or small group setting outside of the main classroom. Depending on the pupil’s needs, he/she may be pulled-out from different subjects based on the linguistic difficulty of the subject. The 1-on-1 or small group setting allows pupils to practise speaking skills, ask questions and receive personalised instruction from the ELS Specialist, with the teaching approach tailored specifically to the learning needs.

Brighton College - Small Class

Push-in Classes

During ‘push-in’ sessions, pupils will learn alongside their classroom peers and also receive in-class support from the ELS Specialist. Alongside the subject teacher and classroom instruction, the ELS Specialist will provide support in the context of the content that is being studied in the classroom environment. ELS pupils gain language support, while studying the core curriculum with their peers, promoting opportunities to collaborate, practise social communication skills and develop confidence in their linguistic abilities.

Brighton College - Ambitious English curriculum

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