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Intensive language centre (ILC)

The ILC caters for students from non-English speaking backgrounds
particularly those students on humanitarian visas. The vast majority are refugees and their literacy levels range from no formal schooling to those who have attended formal schooling in their own country.

 

There are 12 full time classes that are taught by dedicated experienced English As an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) Teachers. The average number of students in each class is approximately 15. The curriculum taught is a three tier system which provides differentiated learning at a 'New Arrival', 'Intermediate' and 'Transitional' Level. After students transition to mainstream classes they are withdrawn several hours a week to consolidate reading and writing skills. Students transition to mainstream when they reach minimum Bandscale 4 in reading, writing, listening and speaking and they have reached 75% in Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) reading testing and 50% in PAT maths.

 

All ILC students return to their mainstream classes one afternoon a week to begin the transition into mainstream and they also attend physical education (PE) and music classes with their mainstream counter parts. 

 

Intensive Language Programs include:

 
  • Students taught at their level of English not their age level

  • Whole language approach

  • Focus on the development of oral language

  • Social skills

  • Well being programs

  • Excursions and hands on experiences

  • Swimming programs

  • Gardening program

  • Cultural activities

 

The Intensive Language Program is supported by the following Specialist  services:

 
  • Head of specialist education services (Head of EAL/D)

  • Specialist EAL/D teachers

  • Advisory visiting teachers (AVT) for EAL/D services for surrounding schools

  • Bi-lingual and multi lingual teacher aides - Hmong, Tamil, Samoan, Burmese, Karen, Urdu, Farsi and Dari.

  • 5 Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) who speak Cook Island, Samoan, Burmese, Karen, Thai, Kirindi, Swahili, Arabic, Dari and Turkish.

  • Music and art therapists

  • Guidance officer 

 

Outside Agencies

 
  • ACCESS INC.

  • Department of Immigration

  • MultiLink

  • Refugee Health Queensland

  • Logan City Council (the Mayor’s Volunteer Reading Program)

  • Volunteers from local churches

  • Parent volunteer engagement programs linked with ACCESS INC.

  • QPASTT

  • Mental health services

 

(All have input in regard to settlement and welfare of EAL/D families in Logan)