Research indicates that the most effective type of learning support to enhance student achievement is provided when students remain in their own classroom (Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling: Best Evidence Synthesis, Adrienne Alton Lee, 2003).
The Russley ESOL programme consists of the following :
- Teacher aide support within the classroom for reading, writing, speaking, listening.
- Additional teacher support teaching and learning programme in all teams allowing for lower adult to student ratios.
- An afternoon ESOL programme runs throughout the year that supports the units of work covered in the classroom. Students attend an extra lesson per week that supports their language development in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Extra targeted teaching is provided for students who have been identified as having a specific learning need.
- Foreign Fee paying or International students will also attend ESOL lessons.
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Assessment and the English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP)
As well as classroom assessment tools, teachers use the ELLP's to assess where ESOL students sit in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum levels. These progressions provide information on progress and achievement that have been specifically designed for ESOL students.
- All ESOL students will receive a Progress Report and an ELLP report twice a year.
Curriculum Levels Explained
What Are Curriculum Levels?
There are 8 levels in the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and stretch from Year 1 through to Year 13. Each level represents a learning stage in each learning area or subject taught.
For example, most Year 1 to 8 students will be learning between curriculum levels 1 to 4. Your child may be at a different level for different learning areas because they may be working at curriculum level 2 in maths and level 3 in writing. Once your child has gained most of the skills, knowledge and understanding of each stage they will progress to the next level.
The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. Not all students however, fit this pattern. Students with special learning needs, those who are gifted, and those who come from non- English-speaking backgrounds are examples of these exceptions, all of whom we work hard to cater for at Russley School.