10 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESA)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs M. Loh

Course Objectives:
To improve and support 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 three lessons per week and is designed to support 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.

Course Overview

Term 1
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.

Novel Study: Singing Home the Whale

Term 2
Novel Study: Singing Home the Whale
Student Inquiry: Whales and Whaling

Term 3
Reading the Classics: Excerpts from the Classics

Term 4
Film Study

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 intermediate level. Students should discuss with their ESOL teacher 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.