9 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESF)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs M. Loh

If your English tests indicate you are having difficulties understanding English you will be required to take this course (9ESL) or you may be placed in the Foundation class (9ESF) for more intensive English study.

This course is designed for students from a non-English speaking background. You will build on your English language learning for school subjects, community use and for communication with your classmates. The units of work will cover all areas of the English syllabus: reading and writing; speaking and listening; presenting and viewing. Taking ESOL will help you succeed in the rest of your subjects.

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.

Term 2
New Zealand Culture

Term 3

Term 4
Literature (The Secret Garden – Abridged Version)
Celebrations and Festivals

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
Tense Buster engagement
Year 9 Common Test for placement (Term 3)


Depending on progress made in their language proficiency levels, students may be offered placement in 10ESL or 10ESA.

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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.