Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
State Budget 2010-11: More Support For ESL Students To Be Allocated
Victor P Taffa
More than $7 Million has been allocated in the 2010-11State Budget to support school students who speak English as a second language (ESL).
Education Minister Liz Constable said the State Government had identified an increasing number of ESL students enrolling in Western Australian Public Schools.
The Government would provide funding for more resources and training for staff, as well as increasing the capacity at language centres to meet the need for specialist, intensive English language tuition and extra support for staff in teaching these students.
“Many students who arrive in Australia from overseas speak little or no English and it can be very difficult for them to adapt to mainstream education.” Dr. Constable said.
“The additional funding announced today will provide for more intensive English programs, which provide specialist English language tuition for newly-arrived students for up to two years before they enrol in mainstream public schools.”
“It will also enable additional specialist resources and training to be provided to staff from kindergarten to Year 12, ensuring WA schools and teachers are better equipped to meet the learning needs of students who do not speak English as a first language.” Dr. Constable said.
The Minister said students who enrol in public schools and who previously were not eligible for this tuition, such as those on temporary visa 457, would now be able to access intensive English support.
“Three of the existing Intensive English Centres, at Greenwood, North Lake and Koondoola, have the capacity to increase the number of classrooms to accommodate more students.” Dr. Constable said.