English language support is provided in class to KG 1 and KG 2 children coming from non-English speaking backgrounds under the direction of the Learning Support Department. All KG teachers are familiar with key developmental stages in language development and have strategies in place to support language learners. Additional help in KG classrooms supports this.
ESL as a special programme starts in Year 1 and is available to non-English speakers or children who require additional support to access the curriculum. ESL teaching staff will work with small composite groups in designated ESL classrooms or join homeroom classes to support ESL learners, depending upon the learners’ needs.
In the Secondary School, we offer language support to all students from Year 7 to Year 11, who are users of English as a Second Language (ESL). We aim to strengthen students’ ability to communicate fluently in English at school and in the wider community. In addition, students acquire the English language skills needed to make academic progress develop their potential, and affirm a sense of self-worth.
Our ESL programme strives to enable our students to join the full Language A Programme after a year in many cases. ESL has close links with the mainstream programme, but focuses on expanding vocabulary, oral skills, written skills, listening skills, comprehension and builds students’ confidence to interact in all settings.