English for Speakers of Other Languages

Junior ESOL- Years 9 and 10

From 2019, students in junior courses will have the opportunity to gain Level 1 credits for work completed within the junior syllabus. Thematic units will be taught each term, with formal and informal assessments tying into each topic.  All assessments are internally assessed unless otherwise stated.

Senior ESOL

Classes in the senior school are now divided into two pathways: the Academic Pathway and the Practical Pathway. Students in senior classes work through a syllabus based upon core skills, completing a combination of unit and achievement standards. Initial placements of existing students in these courses are based upon teacher recommendations, looking at previous performance. Newly enrolled students complete a placement test based upon the English Language Learning Progressions. Each of these courses specifically target students’ existing skill levels, making the work set achievable, while providing opportunities for extension through optional extra standards. University literacy and NCEA credit requirements are covered in both streams in Years 12 and 13.