10 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs M. Loh

Course Objectives:
To improve students’ English so they can:

  • understand and use English across the school curriculum
  • understand and use English in the community
  • develop confidence in using English

Course Content:
This course offers six lessons per week of English language support for students whose first language is not English. It is a cross curriculum programme and gives support and instruction in the four basic strands of language – reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will increase their understanding of word meaning and usage; language needed in curriculum areas; and English grammar. The course also contributes towards preparing students for the Intermediate English language programme  in Year 11.

The programme is a topics-based language course which focusses on Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills with an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. Reading Plus (online reading) and Tense Buster (online grammar) are used to enhance reading skills and grammar learning.

Course Overview

Term 1
Discover New Zealand

Term 2
Novel Study: We are all made of molecules

Term 3
Short Stories

Term 4
Film Study

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Vocabulary Workbook: The Second Thousand Wordlist’ by Annette Watkins.
Cost: $35.00

Assessment Information

The following assessments will enable teachers to grade students' English Language Learning Progression and determine their proficiency levels:
End of topic tests including Reading and Writing assessments
Vocabulary Tests
Grammar Tests
Reading Plus engagement
Tense Buster engagement
Year 10 Common Test for placement (Term 3)


Students take this subject if English is not their first language and their test results indicate their level of English acquisition is at beginner to pre-intermediate level. Students should discuss with their ESOL and English teacher whether they should take this subject.

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.