ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages
Enrolling international students are guaranteed the following ESOL
programme unless their initial English test levels are above what we
students expect a new cultural experience and to be able to improve
their English language skills. They participate fully in the subjects
taught at their age level. School policy is to admit those students who
can demonstrate better than average English language skills (please
refer to English language proficiency guidelines). Our objectives in
ESOL are focussed on the needs of these students.
We offer two to three, 40 minute periods of ESOL per week. This is a
language learning programme, structured according to individual needs,
as it is given in a small group. We focus on the four curriculum
strands: listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Among the
methods used are role plays, discussions, communication games,
educational videos with corresponding comprehension activities, reading
and narrating, grammar exercises and formative tests etc. The students
are also taken to culturally interesting sites or events and are
accompanied by one of the ESOL Teachers.
Our main objective is to assist students from non-English speaking
backgrounds to gain competence in English.
By attending our ESOL lessons and completing set tasks students will:
- Increase their English vocabulary and use it confidently in different contexts.
- Improve their English grammar and spelling.
- Have the opportunity to practice their oral and aural skills in a safe and supportive learning environment.
- Widen their knowledge about New Zealand’s bicultural heritage and natural environment.
also provides a common meeting ground for students from different
cultural backgrounds to support and help each other in learning English
as well as coping with every day problems