Intensive English Centre
The Intensive English Centre (IEC) teaches intensive English as an Additional Language/Dialect to eligible students from the year they turn 16 to the year they turn 20. Students complete a 12-month full-time EAL/D course in core learning areas across the curriculum. Students from disrupted or limited schooling backgrounds may be eligible for a two-year course. The aim of the IEC is to enable students to acquire Standard Australian English and the academic skills and knowledge they need to access the Western Australian Senior School system. Students also gain an understanding of the Western Australian education system and Australian culture.
IEC students are supported as they learn. IEC bilingual education assistants provide first-language support to students, particularly in the early stages of English acquisition. Between them, the education assistants have expertise in 20 different languages. In addition, students are supported by a nurse and a psychologist experienced in meeting the needs of newly-arrived CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) students. There are also close links to other agencies and programs that offer services to newly-arrived students and their families.
The IEC is an integral part of the school campus. Students participate in campus events and use the campus resources and facilities to assist them in the development of independent learning skills. The IEC promotes mutual respect among students and staff, and students are encouraged to utilise knowledge and skills from their first language, previous schooling and life experiences.
The IEC has a long history of successful outcomes for EAL/D students. It is acknowledged as a centre of excellence within Australia and has been appointed as the Teacher Development School for EAL/D in Western Australia. IEC staff members are highly qualified, with several holding PhD and Masters degrees, and a number of IEC teachers and education assistants have been finalists in the Premier’s Teacher of the Year award. The IEC is also a leader in curriculum development, being instrumental in the development of the ESL/ESD Progress Map, EAL/D Courses and the Senior School IEC Curriculum Framework. The important role of the IEC has been recognised in publications such as ‘Beyond the School Gate – Classrooms connecting with community’, published in 2010 by the Department of Education.
The IEC enrols students on a daily basis within school dates.