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English for High School

English for High School (EfHS) is Hawthorn-Melbourne’s English course for young international students (14 to 18 years) who plan to study at an Australian high school. In this course, your child will develop academic English language skills to help them transition into Australian high school.

In EfHS, your child will learn in a classroom environment that resembles an Australian high school classroom as much as possible. Our experienced and qualified teachers understand the Australian education system and the needs of international students who are beginning an overseas education.

Your child’s teachers will encourage them to express their ideas, work cooperatively and develop individual research and study skills. Your child will enter the Australian high school environment confident in their English ability, knowledge and potential to succeed.

English for High School is offered at two levels:

  • English for High School 1 (EfHS1) Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate
  • English for High School 2 (EfHS2) Upper Intermediate to Advanced

In EfHS, your child will:

  • develop English macro skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • learn the language of a range of school subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science and Information Technology
  • develop research skills, cooperative learning and other learning strategies used in the Australian classroom
  • learn social language, that is, the way young people communicate with each other
  • participate in regular sporting activities, to ensure you stay fit and active and make friends
  • learn about Australian society
  • develop leadership skills, relevant to school leadership and committees.

Your learning outcomes

EfHS will prepare your child for study in an Australian high school. In this course, they will develop individual and group research and study skills. They will also develop the English language skills they need to successfully integrate into an Australian high school environment.

 English for High School 1
Skill Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Reading Be able to understand the main idea and some detail in texts written in simple language about familiar topics. Be able to understand the main idea and specific information in familiar and some unfamiliar texts.
Speaking 

Be able to use simple sentences to talk about familiar topics.
Give a short, rehearsed presentation.

Be able to self-correct and use simple and some complex sentences to talk about familiar topics.
Give a short unrehearsed or longer rehearsed presentation.

Listening Be able to understand the main ideas and detail in basic spoken discourse. Be able to understand the main idea and some detail in familiar and some unfamiliar spoken discourse.
Writing

Be able to produce simple sentences to write about everyday topics.

Be able to organise a paragraph with some control of topic and supporting  sentences.

 

English for High School 2
Skill Upper Intermediate Advanced
Reading Identify the main ideas and the majority of details in a range of familiar and unfamiliar topics. Be able to use a wide range of reading skills to have a greater understanding of a variety of written texts.

Speaking

Be able to speak with less hesitation and repetition and produce a wide range of vocabulary to talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics.

Give a detailed presentation using topic-specific language.

Be able to speak with minimal hesitation, repetition and self-correction and accurately produce a wide range of vocabulary to talk about less familiar topics.

Give a longer presentation on a wide range of topics using topic-specific language and without detailed notes.

Listening Be able to identify the main ideas and most information in a range of discourse which is spoken naturally  Identify the main ideas and the majority of details in a wide range of authentic spoken texts.

Writing

Be able to organise information logically with appropriate paragraphing, clear topic sentences which are mostly supported. 

Be able to use a range of complex structures.

Be able to organise information logically with main ideas fully supported and appropriate paragraphing in a range of text types. 

Be able to use a wide range of structures with the majority of sentences error-free

EfHS1: Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate

EfHS2: Upper Intermediate to Advanced

Lesson plan

Morning 

Listening 
take notes from a recorded text

Speaking and note-taking
discuss the similarities and differences between the Victorian education system and the education system in other countries

English for Science
Chemistry

Afternoon 

Writing 
using a Venn diagram, describe similarities and differences of the Victorian education system and education system in other countries

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning 

Reading and speaking
Read about the structure and philosophy of two schools and take notes; discuss the differences between the schools in pairs

Grammar
Giving advice

Listening
Listen to Joan giving advice on study skills; discuss good study habits

 

Afternoon 

English for Maths 
Probability: draw tree diagrams from given information, find the probability

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning 

Reading and speaking
Discuss arguments for and against an issue in the news

Listening
Listen to a speaker’s opinion about the issue

Speaking and listening
Identify main points from a spoken text, fill in the blanks of a summary

 

Afternoon 

Literature writing
Summarise chapters 1 and 2 of Animal Farm

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning 

Speaking and listening
In groups give your opinion on the issue discussed yesterday

Grammar
Complex sentences and adverbial clauses

Writing
Organise paragraphs of a model essay, fill in the blanks with appropriate conjunctions

 

Afternoon 

Reading and note-taking
Research a given issue in the computer room, take notes


Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning 

Listening
Listen to people give their opinions on various issues

Speaking
Prepare mini debates on given issues

Australian Studies
Read about early settlement in Australia and create a timeline

Afternoon 

Sport
Organised badminton and basketball games

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Study English in Melbourne

Your child will take the English for High School course at Hawthorn-Melbourne English language centre, on the University of Melbourne Hawthorn campus. All our teachers are qualified and experienced, and they will work with your child to ensure they are fully prepared for the Australian high school environment.

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