The ISEC program consists of intensive English classes designed to improve students’ English communication skills when they first arrive to study in South Australia.

This course enables students to: Develop both oral and written communication skills, increase their knowledge of Australian culture, receive subject specific language and content support, develop study skills, learn skills for living and studying in Australia. Courses are available for ten, twenty, thirty and forty weeks, depending on the time of year of enrolment and the English language proficiency, reading and writing skills of each student. After one, two, three or four terms of intensive English, students are ready to enter mainstream classes.

All teachers are subject specialists and are highly experienced in teaching International students.

Contact Person: Ms S Goldfain

The subjects taught in the ISEC program are as follows.

AUSTRALIAN STUDIES

Length of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
Participation in this course improves student understanding of Australian lifestyles and Australian schooling practices. Students develop skills in the following areas: research, note taking, paraphrasing information, paragraphing, essay writing, report writing, small group work and in developing oral presentations.

ENGLISH AS AN ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE OR DIALECT

Length of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
English as an Alternative Language or Dialect will provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in listening, viewing, speaking, writing and using technology. Students will read view and listen to a range of texts and discuss topics of interest. They will communicate both orally and in writing for a variety of purposes, audiences and situations. Students will develop skills in organising ideas logically in both written and oral language tasks.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Length of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
Health and Physical Education aims to develop, in students, a positive approach to ongoing participation in regular physical activity. Students will participate in a number of sporting activities to enhance co-operation and collaboration skills. They will complete a research task and be involved in problem solving activities

INTEGRATED STUDIES

Length of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
Students investigate information and ideas from a variety of sources, working both individually and collaboratively. Using technology, they develop skills in communicating ideas and opinions which assists in building relationships with others and the world around them.
Students will develop:
  • language skills and strategies to learn independently and collaboratively
  • critical and creative skills to meet the demands of current and future studies
  • the ability to participate confidently and effectively in Australia’s diverse cultures

MATHEMATICS

Length of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
The Mathematics Program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of ISEC students at Marryatville High School. It will assist them in developing the language specific to mathematics as well as provide them with the appropriate mathematical background necessary for their eventual transition into mainstream. Topics are studied through carefully designed, graded worksheets to meet each student’s specific needs.

PERSONAL LEARNING PLAN

Lengthy of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
This course will support students in planning their personal and learning goals for the future. It will assist them in making informed decisions about their personal development, future study pathways and career options. Developing goals for the future will engage students in activities such as:
  • selecting subjects, courses, and other learning relevant to pathways through and beyond school
  • investigating possible career choices
  • exploring personal and learning goals
  • communicating and interacting with others to explore and present ideas and plans for current and future learning goals

SCIENCE
Length of Course: Semester
Course Outline:
This course develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge as well as English vocabulary and expression within the Science context. Students will learn how to write scientific reports as well as complete practical experiments within well equipped laboratories. The Science course will include topics from Physics, Chemistry and Biology.