ESL 13 is a Pre-intermediate English course for Speakers of Other Languages. You will learn the 2000-3000 words of vocabulary, and practise reading, writing, speaking and listening to prepare you for NCEA Level 1 next year. Many topics of interest will be introduced, and a wide variety of texts are used.
As a student your success depends on your initiative and motivation to speak English as often as possible, while also reading many books at home. You need to collect new vocabulary words that you MUST then REVISE frequently.
In ESL23, you receive credits at NCEA level 2 and 3. Most credits are from the new EL unit standards, some of which give grades of Achieved, Merit and Excellence, while others are only an achieved grade.In addition, you will sit 2 English Achievement Standards to give you 6 Writing and 4 Reading credits toward University Entrance. 45 credits are being offered in total in ESL 23, but students will have a personalised set of standards to pass, according to their ability. It is recommended that students try to achieve 25 credits.
This course expects students to learn and use the first 5000 words of English fluently. You will complete vocabulary workbooks practising the 3000-5000 words and you must be reading frequently at home to achieve well in this class. It is essential that you are self motivated and organised. In addition, one essay a week on any topic, is expected by your teacher, to show you are practising writing often. It is vital that you know how to write an essay perfectly. Grammar, Listening and discussions are part of this course. Topics such as Cosmetic Surgery, Religious Cults, Survival and Science themed topics will be a feature.
Using the second thousand words, ESL students are assessed using ESOL Unit Standards and English Achievement Standards, to gain literacy credits and 20 credits for NCEA year 11
A General English course for Beginners and Elementary ESL learners using the first 1500 words in reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening. Students start by talking about themselves and other students, families, school, their countries and New Zealand, then new topics are introduced such as clothing, describing people, the weather, the house, geography, directions, etc...
Students must make every effort to speak as much as possible and use the new words. Being happy, talkative, and relaxed helps your learning, whereas stress and fear slows down the success rate. Don't be afraid of making mistakes.
Every night, study vocabulary for 30 minutes. This means revising words and filling out your vocabulary workbook.