Successful language learners: whole-school English as a second language (ESL) and literacy practices

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Evaluator company NSW Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education Commission of NSW
Year 2011
Classification Other evidence
Study type Pre-post study
Evaluation type Outcome


The Successful Language Learners Whole-school English as a Second Language and Literacy project aimed to improve the English language, literacy and numeracy performance of students learning English as a Second Language (ESL), including refugee students. To achieve this, a multifaceted, integrated approach based on research about what works in schools with high concentrations of ESL learners was used. Eleven NSW schools were involved in the two-year pilot program. The schools were ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse. Data from ESL Scales, SSL Assessment Banks and NAPLAN results were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies in the program. Significant improvements were made by students over the course of the project.


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