Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) is very pleased to celebrate our students’ impressive achievement in their recent speech and drama assessments with the English Speaking Board (ESB). Fifty-seven students took part in demonstrating their presentation, public speaking, performance and research skills to a visiting examiner from the UK and 65% achieving Distinctions. ECiM continues to be the only institution in Malaysia who offer these ESB qualifications.
In the Preparatory School students are prepared for the examinations through lessons with specialist drama teachers once a week where they have the opportunity to develop these skills and experience working in the theatre and studio facilities. The research skills for their presentations are developed through weekly lessons with the College librarian and their final preparations are supported by their highly dedicated Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
In the Senior School there are two ways that students become involved in ESB. Students who enter on the Academic English Programme with little or no English receive a bespoke programme which includes two periods a week of Speech and Drama with specialists from the department who work with them on their spoken English. These students take the Oxford Placement Tests to assess their levels of English when they first arrive at the College and the English Speaking Board EAL qualifications are mapped to this so students can see how far they have progressed when they achieve Merit+ or Distinction at a minimum of one level higher than their entry point.
Students in the Senior School also have the option to enter the senior qualification levels through our weekly co-curricular programme. In addition to school plays, theatresports and technical clubs, we offer a guided support sessions for those wishing to enter from Senior Grades 1 to 8 (these are equivalent to music grades from ABRSM or Trinity). This year we have had a group of Lower Sixth (Year 12) students enter grades 6 and 8 alongside their A Level and Extended Project preparations. This group have achieved a 100% Distinction rate which is an incredible achievement. Grades 6 and 8 are also recognised by UCAS for UK university applications and hold point scores on a level with equivalent qualifications. The students who now hold distinctions at grade 8 level hold 30 UCAS points which is more than an A* in their EPQs or a C in a full A Level.
We are incredibly proud of the hard work and skill these students have demonstrated.