English Support Fee
The fee is applied to students in the ESL (English – Second Language) programme.
All students of non-native English-speaking countries will be enrolled in the English support programme unless they:
- Provide an IELTS certificate with the necessary average score (see table below) prior to arriving, or
- Take the English test after arriving at Townshend and demonstrate the necessary IELTS-equivalent level, or
- Achieve the necessary level after assessment at the end of any semester.
All students of native English-speaking countries will be exempt from the programme unless their report card indicates a level of English lower than the necessary IELTS score. An IELTS test or Townshend internal equivalent can be used to determine this.
|IELTS Average Score, or Townshend Equivalent|
|Grade 7 to Level II (Grades 7 – 11)||5.5|
|Level III to Level IV (Grades 12 -13)||6.0|
There are two IELTS exams: IELTS General and IELTS Academic. Please take the IELTS General exam. The IELTS Academic exam is for university-level students
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. For further information about testing, please visit www.IETLS.org.
English Language Levels
At Townshend, there are three levels of English classes at the secondary school level:
- English – Second Language (ESL) – For students whose first language is not English, but have some facility with English. Depending on grade level, the programme consists of ESL classes, or small/individually tutored groups, or a combination of both, depending on the type of support necessary to accelerate language skills. There may also be classes scheduled instead of a third language subject.
- English – Language – For students of English and non-English speaking backgrounds who are approaching advanced level skills in English and ready to work mostly with authentic texts and develop their understanding of language through the study of literature.
- English – First Language – For students who are at a very competent native-speaker level, ready to tackle complex, culturally-loaded literature and canon texts.
We place students in the appropriate English level based on the results of placement examinations. For students 16 years old and above who are not native English speakers, the IELTS or other approved English exam must be taken at the time of applying.