English as a second language

Intensive English units

If you are new to Australia, and English is not your first language, your child's English language proficiency will be assessed. Your child will be placed on an appropriate intensive English course.

Your child can attend an intensive English class for a year. An additional semester of study may be arranged in discussion with your child's school.

Intensive English units for primary, middle and secondary year students are located in specific schools in urban areas.

Primary intensive English

This program is for children transitioning to year 6.

The program helps your child understand and grasp the English language. It also helps them improve their skills to learn in English so that they can cope in mainstream classes.

Your child can attend an intensive English program at the following primary schools:

Darwin region

Palmerston and rural region

Middle and senior intensive English

This program is for children in years 7 to 12.

Your child can undertake a tailored program to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills across all subject areas.

The program equips your child with the skills to participate fully in class work, including study skills.

Your child can attend classes at the following middle and senior schools:

Get help with transport

You may be able to get help with transport if your child is unable to travel to and from school on a public or school bus.

You should talk to your child's school if your child needs bus transport.

Find out about school buses and other public transport.

Before you apply

To be eligible for transport assistance, your child must:

  • be in the Intensive English Unit (IEU) program
  • live more than 600 metres from their IEU school
  • not have reasonable access to a normal bus service.

Get the guidelines to transport students to IEU.

Guideline: transport for students to Intensive English Unit (97.3 kb)
Guideline: transport for students to Intensive English Unit (88.0 kb)

You should also read the code of conduct for school bus travel.

Code of conduct for school bus travel (201.3 kb)
Code of conduct for school bus travel (155.0 kb)

Talk to your child's school if you need help understanding the guidelines or code of conduct.

How to apply

To apply, fill in the transport assistance request form.

Request form: Intensive English Unit transport assistance (317.8 kb)
Request form: Intensive English Unit transport assistance (88.0 kb)

Talk to your child's school if you need help filling in the form.

Take your completed form to your child's school.

After you apply

Your application will be reviewed and the school will tell you the outcome.

Contact

For more information about transport assistance, talk to your child's school or call Public Transport on 08 8924 7666.

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Last updated: 31 October 2018

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