ESOL Programme

ESOL students are placed in the classes/programmes that best meet their needs. An initial decision about class placement is made after a selection of diagnostic assessments and a discussion about future goals.

Our diagnostic assessment covers: speaking, listening, writing, reading, grammar and vocabulary. From this assessment the students are placed in one of five groups


* If a student is at a Beginning level, we offer an Intensive English Programme before commencing Stage 1, where the student has either 1 to 1 teaching or is part of a very small group. This programme usually is held over a period of 6 – 8 weeks.



The ESOL Classroom

  • At the beginning of each week, students are given a list of vocabulary words to study. These are tested at the end of the week and results are recorded.
  • The Stage 3 and Stage 4 ESOL Level students complete Speed Reading tasks each week. These results are also recorded.
  • The Stage 2, 3 and 4 programmes all offer approximately 20 NCEA credits which can be used for students to add to their NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 Certificates.
  • IELTS is studied as part of the Stage 4 programme but an after-school class is also available for all students who are interested.
  • A New Zealand speaking exam (Oral Communication for English Speakers of Other Languages [OCESOL]) is offered twice a year and students are encouraged to enter this. There are several levels available so all students can be entered at a level where they will be successful and gain speaking confidence.
  • All teaching programmes are based on a range of topics e.g. Shopping, Famous People, Travel, Environment so students are able to learn a wide range of authentic vocabulary and learn about real life issues and situations.

At all times students will be developing their skills in grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as enhancing their vocabulary knowledge.

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