The Secondary English intensive Programme (EIP) is accessed in a classroom that runs parallel to the mainstream classes, with a stronger focus on English language development and improvement and a focus on structuring the initial understanding before the application of content. The students are in either Year 7, 8 or 9 and the class sizes are limited to 16 students per class. This is to enable close support by the teacher for the development of all four aspects of language: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
In the smaller class setting presentations and group work allow the students more opportunities to develop their English language skills in an integrated approach to learning. Students’ language development is assessed regularly and students are transferred to the mainstream classes when their language skills have reached the level that they can successfully access the mainstream curriculum.
All EIP teachers are subject specialists who have completed a certificate course in Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). Students accepted into the EIP programme should expect to be in the programme for at least one year.