Newly arrived students with minimal English
Students with minimal English who have recently arrived in South Australia may be eligible for support to learn English for living and studying in South Australia.
Intensive English Language Centre (IELC)
Newly arrived students can enrol at an Intensive English Language Centre (IELC). The program helps students by providing:
- intensive English language support from specialist teachers of English as a second language (ESL)
- access to a modified curriculum for school aged children
- involvement in a variety of activities within the school and local community, including excursions and social events
- bilingual classroom support.
Classes are small and students generally stay in the program for up to one year. In some circumstances students are eligible for more than one year in the program.
An IELC is available at Mount Gambier North R-7 Primary School. Families of non-English speaking background in other country areas may be able to access support services through the English as a Second Language Program. Call the Literacy Secretariat on 08 8226 2756 for further information.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible you must enrol at an IELC within 12 months of arriving in Australia - or 18 months in the case of children beginning school in reception or year 1.
Some categories of temporary visa holders are not eligible for the IELC or may be required to pay a fee - the school will advise you about this during enrolment.
For information about enrolment call the nearest IELC or the Literacy Secretariat on 8226 2375.
Students 5-12 years old
Students between the ages of 5 and 12 years can enrol in an IELC at one of the designated primary schools. Classes are organised according to individual needs.
Students are continuously assessed and parents are advised when they are ready to leave the program to join mainstream classes.
Teachers receive an exit report from the IELC teacher to help children with the transition to mainstream schooling.
Students 13-18 years old
The Adelaide Secondary School of English is the only government school that caters for newly arrived students between the ages of 13 and 18 years.
The school offers:
- intensive English lessons across the curriculum
- placement in a range of classes according to English language ability, age and educational background
- opportunities to learn about the local community and global citizenship
- an introduction to the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) through the Personal Learning Plan in year 10
- support to move to a mainstream government, independent or Catholic high school
- information and access to training or courses
- a wide range of support services through the various student wellbeing programs.
Contact the Adelaide Secondary School of English:
phone - 8340 3733
email - email@example.com
Students over 17
Students over 17 who want to study full-time in an adult environment can enrol in the IELC at Thebarton Senior College.
Students may receive credit towards the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) when completing this program.
For more information on the program see English language programs brochure.
Contact Thebarton Senior College:
phone - 8352 5811
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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