ESL English is a flexible program of instruction for language and literacy development, designed to assist students whose first language is not English. ESL classes are formed in Years 8, 9 and 10 as required. Newly arrived students are eligible for ESL studies during their first 3 years in Australia.
ESL education caters for those students who have recently arrived in Australia from a non-English speaking country or those who have recently exited from an Intensive English Centre (IEC). At each year level, students are encouraged to take advantage of ESL provision to improve and consolidate their English language and literacy skills. Being a competent user of English is essential for success at school.
ESL is not a modified mainstream English course but rather focuses on improving oral and written language skills across a range of English texts and subject area content. In particular, ESL studies are designed to help students with basic aspects of English such as:
* vocabulary development
* sentence construction
* paragraph organisation
* whole text construction
ESL classes are small and students are assisted individually to ensure improvement and develop confidence.
In Years 8 and 9, ESL teachers focus on improving students’ Standard Australian English skills in preparation for WAMSE and NAPLAN testing. Grades achieved by students are based on each student’s progress against the ESL/ESD progress maps in the four language modes: speaking, listening, reading/viewing and writing. All lower school ESL programs are designed to effectively prepare students for achieving their WACE through participation in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) stage 1, 2, 3 units.
In Year 10, ESL students are involved in the Oracy Australia speaking program. In this program students prepare a small number of oral language tasks (e.g. talk accompanied by a power point; role play; reading a passage) which are presented and assessed by a trained external Oracy Australia assessor. This helps to prepare students for upper-school EAL course units where all semester exams (and the TEE exam) contain an oral examination.
Finally, ESL classroom programs will assist learners to develop key cultural and social understandings by discussing, watching, reading and responding to a range of Australian fiction and non-fiction texts across a range of common school genres (e.g. persuasive and argumentative texts, documentary, report, journal writing etc.).