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C1/C2 Multiple choice cloze: School becomes first in Britain to teach English as a FOREIGN language

A SCHOOL with children from more than 50 different countries is set to become the first in Britain to teach English as a FOREIGN language. Article by Max Evans.

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Multiple choice cloze School in Britain becomes first to teach English as a foreign language

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City of Leeds School in Yorkshire is taking the drastic 1).... of introducing classes teaching English as a second language to each of its 350 pupils - including all its British-born pupils. The school says it has been 2).... to include British-born English speaking pupils in the programme, because their standard of English is so bad. Head teacher Georgiana Sale said the school was having to "rethink the way we do things" in a radical 3).... to improve standards. She said less than a quarter of its pupils had English as their first language and more than half of the children were new to the country within the past four years. Ms Sale said it had been decided to include pupils who have English as a first language in the programme because in many cases their level of formal English was not good enough to achieve good grades.at GCSE. Last year the school had just over a quarter of its pupils, aged 11 to 16, achieve the national 4) .... of five good GCSEs, including English and maths - the lowest score of any state school in the city. But for Ms Sale it was unfair to expect the school to reach national average when so many pupils were new to the language. City of Leeds school has around 55 different nationalities among its cohort, including pupils from nations across Africa, Europe, parts of the Middle East and Asia. Ms Sale said that one of the largest groups was now Czech children. She said: "Many of our pupils are not only new to English but they are not 5)... in their own language. In some cases we are the first people to put a pen in their hand. "Around half of our children are new to the country. It is generally thought it takes five years to properly learn a language and that is when you have total 6)....  in it.

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