ESOL Programme


Many New Zealand schools have a well-integrated English for Second Language (ESOL) programme. The GSNS model merits a mention because of the multi-national nature of the school’s roll.

Several students qualify for ESOL funding, but not because they are fee-paying. New Zealand has offered real benefits to doctoral students who win New Zealand scholarships. Amongst these is free education for the university student’s children, regardless of their English language proficiency.  GSNS has constructed a net to address as many barriers to learning as possible. They have built a conscious scaffolding of ESOL learning to cater for all students including:

  • ESOL integrated electives and withdrawal classes
  • Teacher aides involved 1:1 or small groups
  • Individual progress tracking
  • Staff meetings for ESOL learning
  • Cluster meetings with teacher aides and supporters
  • Comprehensive resource folders/kits for all staff involved
  • Strong collegial and resources support
  • Cluster meetings between schools to share strengths and tools
  • Lexia, a web-based literacy tool available to GSNS pupils both in school and in the home
  • New settler parents, especially mums, who can be socially isolated are drawn into the programme as helpers and learners
  • Seven GSNS teachers have completed further ESOL study and the ESOL environment is professionally talented and refreshing
  • New children are given both cultural and logistical orientation