Intensive English Centre

Intensive English Centre The Beaconsfield Intensive English Centre (BIEC) caters for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are learning Standard Australian English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). The BIEC 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 BIEC students and their families.

Eligibility

  • Students newly arrived in Australia, whose first language is not English, are eligible to enrol in the BIEC
  • 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 BIEC (more information about International fees is available on the TIWA website.)

Educators

The BIEC 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.

BIEC staff are supported by curriculum specialist teachers, an on-site school psychologist, the school leadership team and the staff of the school office.

Enrolment procedures

  • Prospective families are required to contact the school by phone or email to organise an appointment to enrol a student at BIEC
  • 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 BIEC.

Class structure

Depending on numbers, the BIEC classes are organised into broad age groupings:

  • Junior: 5 – 7 years
  • Middle: 7 – 9 years
  • Senior: 9 – 12 years

Students enter the BIEC usually as a phase one EAL/D learner and exit the unit having completed phase two.

Specialist programs

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.

Integration

The students in the BIEC 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 BIEC students participate actively in all other major school events and celebrations.

Curriculum

The programs in the BIEC are informed by WA Department of Education curriculum documents and the EAL/D Progress Map. The skilled teachers of the BIEC 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 BIEC, 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.

Dental Care

Beaconsfield Primary School has a dental centre on campus and students are eligible to attend for dental health care.

Contacting the BIEC

The BIEC is supported by the experienced front office staff who will take direct calls and emails.

Phone: 9432 1000

Email: Beaconsfield.ps@education.wa.edu.au