English as a second language (ESL)
Students who have been using English as their primary language of instruction for five years or less at the start of the Preliminary course may elect to study the English as a second language (ESL) course. This course can be taught in the same classroom as either the standard or advanced courses.
The English (ESL) courses complement the English (Standard) courses and the English (Advanced) courses, and share the overall aim and rationale of English. They provide students with the opportunity to become effective, creative and confident communicators in English and to assist them in achieving Stage 6 outcomes. They will be able to respond to and compose texts for a variety of purposes and audiences that are relevant to their personal, educational, social and vocational lives. Students extend their reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing skills through an integrated engagement with texts drawn from literature and other sources.
(English Stage 6 Syllabus, 2009, p 54)