Head of Department - Greg Mutch
The ESOL Department offers English
language courses for international students and for some students living
permanently in New Zealand who do not have English as their first language and
whose level of English is not high enough for them to attend classes offered by
the English Department.
The nature of these courses depends
on the ability of the students, their length of time in New Zealand and their educational
Course placement follows testing by
the ESOL Department and discussion with students about their goals.
The Year 11 and Year 12 English for
Academic Purposes courses aim to bridge the gap these students will find
between their present level of English and the language they will encounter in
their other subjects and to lay a foundation for developing their academic
language skills. These courses will also
help learners develop the social language they need at school and in the wider
community. They provide students with the
opportunity to gain NCEA standards at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students also have the opportunity to gain
Level 1 and 2 Literacy credits.