Intensive English Centre
The Beaconsfield Intensive English Centre (IEC) caters for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are learning Standard Australian English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). The IEC works closely with families, and other agencies as needed, to support families through the transition process involved in settling into a new school and culture.
The Beaconsfield school community values the opportunity to build positive relationships with families who are new to the school. The whole school extends a warm welcome to IEC students and their families.
- Students newly arrived in Australia, whose first language is not English, are eligible to enrol in the IEC
- Students must meet visa/citizenship conditions (visa information is available by contacting the school)
- Students born in Australia who speak English as an Additional Language and enter school for the first time needing to further develop their English language skills may enrol
- Students who have returned from overseas and have limited or no English may be eligible to enrol
- Students who live in the specific suburbs that apply to this Intensive English Centre (more information about which suburbs are available on enquiry)
- Where applicable, international fee-paying students are required to pay additional fees to enrol in IEC (more information about International fees is available on the TIWA website.)
The IEC is staffed by dedicated specialist and experienced English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) teachers and Ethnic Education Assistants (EEA). They understand the cultural and linguistic diversity of their students and are aware of their academic, social and emotional strengths and needs.
IEC staff are supported by curriculum specialist teachers, an on-site school psychologist, the school leadership team and the staff of the school office.
- Prospective families are required to contact the school by phone or email to organise an appointment to enrol a student at the IEC
- Enrolments may take one to two hours and in most circumstances, interpreters are provided to ensure information is accurately understood by the school and the family
- Parents/caregivers should provide:
- original passport documents
- birth certificates (for students born in Australia)
- child immunisation documents
- previous school reports
Once enrolled, students are entitled to approximately twelve months intensiveEnglish language instruction. Depending on their visa category, and level of prior schooling, some students may require two years in the IEC.
Depending on numbers, the IEC classes are organised into broad age groupings:
- Junior: 5 – 7 years
- Middle: 7 – 9 years
- Senior: 9 – 12 years
Students enter the IEC usually as a Phase one EAL/D learner and exit the unit having completed Phase two.
Specialist teachers at Beaconsfield school provide further enrichment through specialist subjects for all students. The subject areas may include Health and Physical Education, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Science and Technology.
The students in the IEC are actively engaged in an intensive program to develop their Standard Australian English to prepare them for the mainstream classes in their various schools. While at Beaconsfield they are further supported in this preparation through integration with the rest of the school. This includes participation in assemblies, sporting activities, buddy classes and whole-school incursions. The IEC students participate actively in all other major school events and celebrations.
The programs in the IEC are informed by WA Department of Education curriculum documents and the EAL/D Progress Map. The skilled teachers of the IEC teach the language of all subject areas through the age-appropriate content used for all students in WA. Students develop their English vocabulary at the same time as they are exposed to familiar or new concepts across the curriculum.
Assessment and reporting
The EAL/D Progress Map is used to provide a very clear guideline for students’ development of Standard Australian English. Assessment tasks are developed by teachers to indicate the level the student is achieving.
Transport to school
While the students are attending the IEC, a home-to-school bus service is provided by the WA Department of Education. Buses arrive at the school at 8:30am and leave the school at 2:45pm.
Beaconsfield Primary School has a dental centre on campus and students are eligible to attend for dental health care.
Contacting the IEC
The IEC is supported by the experienced front office staff who will take direct calls and emails.
Phone: 9432 1000