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The aim for ESOL students is to develop the necessary English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to be able to successfully cope in all their mainstream subject areas. For those who need extra assistance with their English, a specific programme is designed to ensure they are progressing through different English stages with the ultimate goal of successfully obtaining university entrance through an IB Diploma or sufficient NCEA achievement standards.
International Students who do not have English as a first language may require additional support in order to successfully cope in their mainstream subject areas. Specialist teachers in our ESOL Department (English for Speakers of Other Languages) work with these students to ensure they are progressing through different English stages with the ultimate goal transitioning to a full mainstream timetable and successfully obtaining university entrance through an IB Diploma or sufficient NCEA achievement standards.
After initial testing, an ESOL programme is implemented at an appropriate level that not only focuses on developing the student’s English, but also on using a range of strategies that will assist their learning in mainstream subjects.
If a student does not have sufficient command of the English language it may be necessary for them to undertake a period of intensive language study at one of our partner English Language Schools. This will normally be identified during the online Skype interview. However, it may be possible that the online interview does not identify certain weaknesses. The College reserves the right to request further intensive language study if required.