At Southland Boys’ High School the main aims in the ESOL department are to give students a greater sense of language confidence for communication purposes and to enable students to cope with language requirements in the mainstream curriculum.

English Language Learner’s (ELL’s) are timetabled in ESOL for either 4 or 8 hours per week, depending on their language needs.  In addition to receiving a high quality of teaching, students also receive an informal pastoral care relationship from the ESOL teaching staff.

The course for Year 9 and 10 students is taught thematically. The topics covered reflect the language needs of the mainstream curriculum to ensure that students develop familiarity with the topics, texts and task types that they will encounter in mainstream classrooms. Tasks are differentiated so that no matter what level the student is working at, their individual learning needs are supported.

Senior students (Year 11-13) are also taught thematically but there is a real emphasis on assisting students to improve their academic English skills and support students with their learning in other subjects. Students are assessed through Level 1, 2 and 3 Unit Standards. Each student will be assessed based on their individual learning needs.

All students receive a learning profile when they arrive. This is a way to monitor and track student progress. Students are expected to set goals for themselves and reflect on these each term.