English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Hutchins School offers specialist ESL classes for boys from Kindergarten to Year 12.  All students receive assistance and direction to help them become literate and articulate in English.

ESL students are also supported in the social environment and guided in their understanding of appropriate behaviour and the Australian culture.  Coming to a new country can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, and the Hutchins ESL program is designed to help each boy gain essential language skills quickly and to be included in the academic and co-curricular life of the School.  Students have specific times in which they attend ESL classes.

In the Senior School the ESL learning objectives are derived from the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority.  Students develop skills in research, learn to take risks, gain confidence and explore different ideas and develop their sense of self - all while learning a new language.  The students are recognizing they are learning for a purpose, in turn this motivates the student as they are acquiring the language skills and the knowledge, which will enable them to have a linguistic and cultural knowledge.  The amount of time spent in ESL class per week is assessed on arrival at Hutchins and will take into consideration the requirements of each boy's education program.

There is no additional tuition charge for regular time-tabled ESL classes in senior year levels however additional charges will be made if a boy needs intensive one-to-one tuition, or special small class instruction. Junior and middle school aged students may be required to join either individual or small group ESL classes at an additional fee. This will be discussed and outlined to families at the time of enrolment.

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