At the International School of Western Australia, English is the language of instruction and integral to all subject areas, both inside and outside the classroom. While we encourage families to value and maintain their own native cultures and languages, we strongly advise prospective families to gain as much English language instruction as possible before arrival.
With better English language skills, new students find it easier to immerse themselves into school life. Without a doubt, this ensures a smoother transition into their new environment academically, socially and emotionally.
Prospective students who do not have English as their first language should attend intensive English language courses or have tutoring as soon as possible before entering ISWA. Often families have small group instruction together, which provides very positive outcomes and attitudes. Many students will have had regular English language classes whilst at their current school. Even so, these students are also encouraged to have extra tutoring.
Parents/guardians will be asked about their child’s level of English during the enrolment process. Upon arrival, students will be informally interviewed and, if necessary, will undergo an ESL assessment to assess their level of English. The four language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening will be assessed.
Those students requiring extra support at ISWA will spend the majority of their time in their regular year level class. They will also be required to attend English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons during class time until a level of proficiency is reached that enables the student to fully participate in all activities at class level. ESL students receive 3.5 hours of instruction per week within small groups at an extra cost to the parents/guardians.
During the first days of school, parents/guardians will be given ideas as to how to help their children learn English while living in Australia. In the meantime, it is essential that prospective students have as much English language instruction as possible.