English as a second language

English as a second language in schools

When your child transitions from an intensive English unit, or is in a mainstream school and English is not their first language, they will still receive English as a second (ESL) language support from teachers and their progress in English will be assessed.

ESL instruction in classes

ESL instruction in mainstream classes teaches the English language and literacy that students require as they study their subjects. 

Some schools have specialist ESL teachers appointed where large numbers of ESL students are enrolled at the school.

ESL teaching in mainstream classes incorporates explicit teaching that supports the student in their language learning. Where technical language is required it is taught step by step to meet the needs of the student.

School reports

Teachers will provide ESL students and their parents with A to E grades in their subjects. 

Teachers will also report on your child's progress in English language learning development.

Your child’s report will include comments to inform you of your child’s progress in acquiring academic English alongside their other subjects.

Teachers and support staff will also have regular formal and informal opportunities to discuss your child's English progress with you.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017