The objective of the English Second Language (ESL) courses are:
In the Junior classes Year 9 and 10 the IB MYP criteria is followed.
Year 11 is a preparation year for NCEA English in Year 12.
In Year 12 students study Level 1 English and enter both Internal and External NCEA assessments.
In Year 13 students study Level 2 English to gain their University Literacy Requirements through Internal Assessment.
At all levels diagnostic testing is carried out and there is a regular homework programme.
This is a recommended option for most students for whom English is a second language. It provides students with the opportunity to practice and improve the four main English language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
The course covers the following topics:
The Year 9 course is assessed through Units tests. We cover each of the four MYP criteria twice over the year. These criteria are Listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The Year 10 course is assessed through Units tests. We cover each of the four MYP criteria twice over the year. These criteria are Listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The Year 11 course covers academic and communicative English on a variety of topics and text over the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and information literacy.
The Year 11 course covers the following topics:
The focus at Year 12 is on internal assessment with the opportunity to enter some external assessments. All assessments will be for NCEA Level 1 English and are a preparation for NCEA Level 2 English (University Entrance Literacy) in Year 13.
Students study five topics that count for 18 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.
The objectives of the Year 13 English Second Language course are:
At Year 13 students prepare for the English Literacy Requirements for New Zealand University Entrance. Students are assessed internally in NCEA Level 2 English Achievement Standards.
Students study four topics (standards) that count for 17 credits towards NCEA Level 2 English.
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