Many students who are thinking about studying in Australia may be concerned that their English language skills may not be acceptable to be successful in their studies.
As part of the South Australian Government Schools study programs, a range of English language support is available for both high school students and primary school student to ensure that students are able to succeed in their studies and have an enjoyable study abroad experience.
Intensive Secondary English Course
For international students who are studying at one of our high schools, we offer the Intensive Secondary English Course (ISEC) as part of their study program at no additional cost. Depending on their English proficiency, students can undertake up to one year (4 terms) of ISEC before entering their mainstream classes.
What does ISEC involve? In ISEC classes, students focus on learning the English language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening while studying their curriculum subjects such as mathematics and science. To determine how many terms of ISEC the student will undertake, the ISEC teacher closely monitors their progress before recommending the student to enter mainstream classes.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect
As the aim of many international students studying in schools is to improve their English, the curriculum subject called English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) has been designed to help students achieve this goal. By undertaking this subject, students will also achieve points towards their final South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) score if they are enrolled in the High School Graduate Program.
Ongoing English Language Support
Intensive Primary English Support
For international students who are studying at one of our primary schools, they may receive intensive English support when they first arrive. This will help with their studies and in making new friends. During all of the student’s study activities at school, there will be a focus on the English language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking to ensure they improve in these areas. Teachers will monitor the progress of all students to determine the level of support they need to succeed.
What can I do to improve my English before I arrive in Adelaide?
There are a number of activities you can do to help improve your English in preparation to start studying in Adelaide. One of our students, Ari, put together ’10 Top Tips for Improving your English’ after his experience of arriving in Adelaide and being shy about his language skills. His advice includes things you can do before you arrive in Adelaide as well as what you can do once you are here. Read the Keen to improve your English blog post here to find out more!