We are proud of our very highly regarded ESOL programme at Campbells Bay School. Students in the ESOL programme may be NZ-born or migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds as well as International students. Our learners from varied cultures and language-backgrounds are taught by highly qualified and experienced ESOL teachers and teacher-aides.
Children will often acquire conversational competence after a year or two of learning a second language. It takes between five and seven years to gain the academic language skills required for engaging with the curriculum. Each curriculum area has its own particular language, and support is needed to become proficient in reading, writing, expressing ideas, vocabulary and structures of maths, science, social studies etc.
The ESOL programme is taught at levels appropriate to the students’ level of proficiency, in small groups of students from similar year-levels and with similar needs. The specialist team recognises that there are varied language needs from foundation to more advanced academic language and this is reflected in the delivery of the programme: students may be withdrawn from class to receive two, three or four sessions of intensive language support per week, or they may remain in class where they receive in-class support.
ESOL lessons cover listening, speaking, reading and writing, and are delivered in ways that support the classroom inquiry and language. This is achieved through engaging in aspects of vocabulary, structure, grammar and conversation.
If you would like to know more about our ESOL programme at CBS, please contact our ESOL team leader, Chris Mashlan