English Language Learners
The purpose of the English Language Learning (ELL) Department is to provide support for students for whom English is a second language. This is achieved through the two main curriculum areas of English and Religious Education, as well as by offering in-class mainstream support across a range of other curriculum areas.
At Years 9 and 10, students have seven periods a week of an integrated English/Religious Education course that is taught thematically. Students study important topics that are covered in the mainstream curriculum areas of both English and Religious Education, but the focus is on developing the English language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening within the context of these subjects.
Students engage in a reading programme where they are expected to read regularly a range of texts types and genres, and to keep a reading log. At this level, students also participate in a regular writing programme to help develop writing skills. This course is compulsory for all students for whom English is a second language and who are assessed as needing English language support.
At Senior levels, all International students take the Thematic Studies in English (ELLs) option. These courses run parallel to the mainstream Thematic Studies English programme and standards are moderated through the English Department. For many ELL students, gaining University Entrance literacy is a two-year course and the Thematic Studies course allows them to reach this standard within two years of study. Students complete the same coursework as the other students in their year-level class, but attempt assessments at their own level. For example, a student completing assessments in a Year 13 Thematic Studies class may be awarded Level 2 or Level 3 credits, depending on the standard of their work.
Students at Senior levels who require greater English language support are directed to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. This course is a one-year programme that has a focus on learning academic language, as well as reading and writing information texts. The course is designed to help students have greater access to the texts that they will encounter in their mainstream subjects. Students may take this course in either Year 11, 12 or 13 when they first arrive in New Zealand.
The ELL Department Staff