Successful language learners: whole-school ESL language and literacy practices


The Successful Language Learners Whole-school ESL Language and Literacy strategy aimed to improve the English language, literacy and numeracy performance of students learning English as a second language, including refugee students. Research indicates that it takes up to three years – with additional support – for ESL students to reach parity with their year-level peers in everyday communication, but a minimum of five to seven years to 'close the gap' on standardised tests of literacy.

Eleven NSW schools – all ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse – were involved in the two-year pilot. The outcomes were significant. Students showed great improvement, demonstrating the major impact that ESL-informed pedagogy can have on the language learning of ESL students.


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