The ESOL Department assists students who have non-English speaking backgrounds. The specialist staff teach the English language needed for achievement across all curriculum areas.
Senior classes enable students to gain literacy credits for NCEA Level 1, and Level 2 University Literacy Credits in English. The classes for Forms 5 and 6 enable achievement of similar standards to mainstream English, but there is also support for academic vocabulary development and understanding of grammatical rules.
Prerequisites: Form 3 English Language (ESOL).
Course description/aims: The Form 4 English Language (ESOL) programme will continue the cross-curricular English language support given in Form 3. The focus of the programme is on developing fluency and accuracy in English. Grammar is systematically taught together with listening, speaking, reading and writing genres relevant to curriculum areas.
Form 5 (NCEA Level 1):
Prerequisites: Students are selected for English Language (ESOL) classes on the basis of their Form 4 English results and referrals.
Course description/aims: The Form 5 English programme aims to further develop fluency in listening, speaking, writing and reading in English. It also gives targeted support in grammar and language development.
Course outline: The course will be based on the following NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards:
- 1.1 – Show understanding of written texts [External]
- 1.2 – Show understanding of visual texts [External]
- 1.5 – Produce formal writing [Internal]
- 1.6 – Oral presentation [Internal]
- 1.8 – Explain significant connections across texts [Internal]
- 1.9 – Use information literacy skills [Internal]
- 1.10 – Personal response to independently read texts [Internal]
There will be flexibility in tailoring programmes for different students. English Language Unit Standards may be utilised where appropriate.
Methods of assessment: There will be opportunities to gain credits over the year from internally-assessed standards. Practice for the external standards will be gained in the School examinations.
- 1 x 1-hour examination – end of Term 1
- 1 x 2-hour examination – end of Term 2
- 1 x 3-hour examination – end of Term 3
Continuation of subject: Students, after consultation, may continue to Form 6 English Language (ESOL) or enter a mainstream Form 6 English class in the following year.
Form 6 (NCEA Level 2):
Prerequisites: Students are selected for ESOL classes on the basis of their Form 5 English Language results. This course is also available to selected Cambridge students wishing to gain University Entrance Literacy.
Course description/aims: The Form 6 English Language programme will use both Achievement and Unit Standards that earn credits towards NCEA Level 2. The course aims to further develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Special attention is given to developing skills needed for academic study at university level.
One-year programme: This course will provide ample opportunity for gaining the necessary credits for University Entrance Literacy:
- 2.1 – Analyse written texts [4 credits, External]
- 2.2 – Analyse visual texts [4 credits, External]
- 2.4 – Produce crafted writing [6 credits, Internal]
- 2.5 – Construct and deliver an oral text [3 credits, Internal]
- 2.8 – Use information literacy skills [4 credits, Internal]
- 2.9 – Personal response to independently read texts [4 credits, Internal]
Two-year programme: The two-year Form 6 programme is designed for Form 6 students who may need an extra year to achieve University Entrance Literacy. In the first year, the course focuses on scaffolding the skills needed for reading, writing, listening and speaking. Suitable unit standards are offered in these areas, leading to University Entrance Literacy credits. In the second year, students may join the Form 7 programme to complete Level 2 Literacy Units.
Continuation of subject: Students, after consultation, may continue to Form 7 ESOL or enter a mainstream Form 7 English class in the following year.
Form 7 (NCEA Level 3):
Prerequisites: Students are selected on the basis of their Form 6 English Language results. This is a continuation of the 2-year Form 6 English Language course, although new Form 7 NCEA students can be admitted after consultation with the Head of ESOL.
Course description/aims: English for Academic Purposes: this class is offered to both International and Permanent Resident ESOL students who need to achieve University Entrance Literacy standards and/or require some Level 3 English qualifications taught through ESL methodology.
The course also develops English language skills in academic vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking in order to prepare students for tertiary courses. Some Level 2 or 3 English externals may be offered on an individual student basis.
N.B. This course cannot be used as an approved Level 3 NCEA subject for University Entrance requirements.
- English Level 2 A/S 2.8 * – Use information literacy skills [4 credits]
- English Level 2 A/S 2.9 * – Form developed personal responses [4 credits]
- English Level 3 A/S 3.1 * – Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s) [4 credits]
- EAP Level 4 22751* – Read and process information in English for an academic purpose [6 credits]
- EL US Level 3 30996 – Read and understand complex text in applied context [5 credits]
- EL US Level 3 30997 – Read and understand a text on a familiar topic [5 credits]
- EAP Level 4 22749* – Write a text under test conditions in English for an academic purpose [5 credits]
- EAP Level 4 22750* – Write crafted text using researched material in English for an academic purpose [6 credits]
- EL US Level 3 28068 – Write a connected text on a familiar topic [5 credits]
- EL US Level 3 28070 – Write a response for a specific purpose [5 credits]
- English Level 2 A/S 2.4 * – Produce crafted and controlled writing [6 credits]
- English Level 3 A/S 3.1* – Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s) [4 credits]
- English Level 3 A/S 3.2* – Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s) [4 credits]
Speaking: English A/S Level 3 3.5 Construct and deliver an oral text [3 credits]
* University Entrance Literacy Standard (English NCEA Level 2 or 3)
IELTS: Practice and formative assessments for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will form part of the course work. These skills will be transferable to any academic course of tertiary study. Students who wish to enter this examination, however, must do so through an official external testing centre such as a language school at a local university.
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