Senior Students working in the “Busy Beehive.”


Students from “Strong Beginnings” practicing initial sounds and blends.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

At Alawa School, we have a significant number of students for whom English is not their first language.

Students learning a second language learn english very differently from their first language.

It is important to recognise that they have existing language skills, social and cultural knowledge in their first language. "Research indicates that the student's level of language competence in his or her first language influences the rate of second language learning." (Northern Territory Curriculum Framework)

The ESL program recognises the need to:

The Busy Beehive

Alawa School has set up an ESL support room called “The Busy Beehive.” It caters for individual or small group teaching and learning, in a safe and happy environment. Students are encouraged to have a go, and to have fun, with games, activities, and specific tasks, designed by the ESL Teacher to further improve their English skills.

The ESL program is an integral part of every classroom program at Alawa School.

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