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Intensive English Centre

9/09/2015
Keebra Park students study English
​As some of you are aware Mrs Abida François retired from her role as Head of EAL/D. I have stepped into the role and was previously Head of English and L.O.T.E. until the beginning of this term. After observing the unit for some weeks and discussing forward moment of the department with all stakeholders i.e. staff, admin, students, community organisations and parents, the following changes will be made starting term 4:

 

  • The unit will now be called the IEC or the Intensive English Centre
  • There will be four distinct classes; New to English, Beginners, Post Beginners and Intermediate.
  • Students in all four of these classes will undertake Mathematics as an elective to ensure that all students have access to a minimum of 14 lessons per week of Intensive English tuition.
  • Timetable changes will be made so that students in the IEC are with the same EAL/D teacher for a minimum of 14 lessons per week. This consistency should provide greater student success.
  • The new curriculum we will now be working from is the ‘Headway’ program which is a widely recognised program used in many Language Centres, schools and tertiary institutions. Students will receive a classroom book and a homework book under this explicit and intensive program.
  • The physical space of the Intensive English Centre will also be getting a facelift with extra classrooms being created for our current student population.
  • A Reading room is being implemented in the hope that members of the community can come and share with our students their reading knowledge.
  • Reading Logs will now be embedded into each student’s learning with the expectation that all students read a minimum of one book per week. A letter home will be sent at the beginning of the term and the log must be signed by both the parents and the teacher each week. Detentions will be given to students who fail to complete their reading logs or their homework.

 

I am very passionate about the students in the IEC and I look forward to meeting with you all in the future. I will leave you with my favourite quote from Dr Suess which I think summarises the direction of our revitalised EAL/D department:



 

Monique Johnson