Language Support

The student’s English level is established against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

EAL - English as an Additional Language

Cambridge English Language Assessment Logo Exam prep

When students arrive at JFK from a non English speaking education system their language levels are assessed. The new student’s reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are measured through Cambridge English teaching materials and resources.

The student’s English level is established against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as seen below

Students are then placed in small classes by year group and pursue an individualised programme designed to meet their English language learning needs. The four core areas of language are taught with a range of Cambridge resources. Complete beginners are often provided with one to one tuition to accelerate their progress. Additional after-school tuition is also available on request. As JFK is an English language school, the students also benefit from full immersion in the language during their school day and their English language learning is supported across the curriculum.

Every year students have the opportunity to prepare for the International Cambridge English examinations at their appropriate level. These exams take place towards the end of the year in May or June. The levels currently available at JFK are the young learners programme, YLE Starters, Movers and Flyers, the Key English Test, the Preliminary English Test, the First Certificate in English and the Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge English table

DELF - Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française

DELF et DALF logo

The French Ministry of Education awards the DELF French Language Diplomasolely to foreign candidates whose mother tongue is not French.  It provides official certification of proficiency, practice and mastery of the French language and is equivalent to the Cambridge Englishexaminations. DELF is issued “for life” and recognised globally.

Students from Year 4 and above with sufficient competence are entered for one of the first two levels of the DELF exam (A1 and A2).Each level is split according to age i.e. primary for those under twelve or junior for those over twelve years of age.

Student selection is generally based on the December school exam results. The official tests are usually held in May at an external centre.


Le multilinguisme étant désormais d’une importante capitale, tous nos élèves suivent des cours de français et ce dès leur plus jeune âge.

Grâce aux examens du DELF, les cours de français ont une finalité concrète pour nos élèves qui voient leurs efforts valorisés et récompensés par l’obtention d’un examen. Depuis 2015, le taux de réussite est de 100% au sein de notre école.

Les examens du DELF sont reconnus internationalement et valable sans limite de temps. Ils permettent d’évaluer les compétences des candidats à l’oral et à l’écrit. C’est un diplôme officiel très apprécié dans le monde professionnel.

Les étudiants sont sélectionnés durant le trimestre d’hiver et l’examen a lieu en mai dans un des centres accrédités.


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