English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed for students from diverse non-English-speaking backgrounds as designated by the course entry requirements. The students engage in a variety of language learning experiences to develop and consolidate their use, understanding and appreciation of English, so as to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives.
8.4 English as a Second Language (ESL) Overview
Preliminary English (ESL) course (120 indicative hours)
In the Preliminary English (ESL) course, students develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the ways ideas and processes are represented in texts. Language Study Within Area(s) of Study The Preliminary course consists of Language Study within an Area of Study that provides students with opportunities to: • address broad aspects of language through the Area of Study • explore, analyse and experiment with: – meaning conveyed, shaped, interpreted and reflected in and through texts –ways texts are responded to and composed – connections between and among texts. | 80 indicative hours |
Electives Electives are developed by teachers and require students to use their developing English language skills to explore the ways particular texts, forms, media, contexts or aspects of language shape meaning. Teachers will choose content of the electives to enhance their students’ understanding of Australian and other cultures. | 40 indicative hours |
Area(s) of Study and texts ARE NOT prescribed for the Preliminary course. |
MAIN English (ESL) course (120 indicative hours)
In the MAIN English (ESL) course, students reinforce and extend their language skills and develop and apply skills in synthesis. The course requires study of at least THREE different types of text drawn from the categories of: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction; film or media or multimedia. Language Study Within an Area of Study The MAIN Language Study within an Area of Study provides...