Intensive English Centre
Melville SHS hosts an Intensive English Centre (IEC), which has a diverse student population of young people from different countries, cultures and language backgrounds. Students who enrol in the IEC have either minimal English or possess beginning or intermediate English language skills. Newly arrived international students can apply to study English in the IEC prior to being integrated into mainstream classes.
The IEC supports students by providing one year of intensive English studies in small classes, that are designed to prepare students for academic achievement in mainstream educational contexts. There are Education Assistants on hand to help teachers and double the number of staff in each classroom.
A full curriculum is delivered whilst providing a supportive learning environment. Included in this 12-month Intensive English Program is participation in all the mandated learning area subjects that are applicable to the Australian Curriculum. We also have strong English as a Second Language (ESL) support in mainstream classes for exiting IEC students.