As well as native English-speaking students, the BISC currently enrols students from China, Japan, and Korea. Some North American students studying in the first year program are also ESL (English as a Second Language). 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.
To assist with your experience BISC appointed one of our ongoing faculty members to deliver support for ESL students. The BISC ESL co-ordinator, Dr. Isabelle Brent, runs ESL specific class that focuses on help with class readings, taking notes in lectures, and developing skills to participate fully in class seminars.
BISC also recognizes the other effects of living away from home in a new culture. This term BISC hosted a social cooking event for ESL students. Students were able to cook some dishes that they had been craving from home and bonded with staff and other students that came to the event. (Picture academics 3d cooking pic)
Other ways that BISC helps with the transition is by giving an academic induction to the castle during orientation week, pre- and post-course language tests, access to our ESL library, and by offering 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.
Faculty Contact Information
Dr. Isabelle Brent (The BISC's Student Success and ESL Coordinator)
Academic Buddy Scheme
Where available, each ESL student interested in participating in the scheme will be paired with another student at the BISC 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.