English Language Programs

International students come directly to Ivanhoe Grammar School from overseas, which enables them to become full members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School community from arrival, and they are immediately in the care of our experienced staff.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

The Ivanhoe International ELICOS Centre offers a program of intensive English instruction fully accredited by the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

The Program provides English instruction for students from non-English speaking backgrounds (usually international students) who have not yet achieved a sufficient level of English proficiency to cope adequately with mainstream study. Students’ English needs are assessed on arrival and recommendations are made as to the length of time to be spent in ELICOS. This varies from 10 weeks, for students close to Intermediate level, to 40 weeks for students at Pre Elementary levels.

ELICOS classes are part of the normal School timetable and as well as specific English classes being taught by ESL qualified teachers, other specific subjects are also included (taught by mainstream teachers). Assemblies and Pastoral Periods are also part of the ELICOS program.

LEVEL B: PRE-INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

The course at this level comprises approximately 60% English classes (including laptop use), the remainder comprising Mathematics, Science, Humanities/Study Skills, Commerce and Sport/PE.

LEVEL A: TRANSITION LEVEL

The course at this level comprises approximately 55% English classes (including laptop use), the remainder comprising Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Sport/PE.

All classes have access to School facilities, including the International Centre, Gymnasium, Science Laboratories, Library Resource Centre, Cafeteria, Music Programs, ArtsEdge at Locksley and outdoor playing fields. Two VCE Units are also available for students in this class to study in Semester 1 dependent on skill level.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Once adequate levels of English have been reached, students progress to mainstream classes and study English as a Second Language (ESL) as a subject. In addition, our very experienced ESL teachers provide support in other subjects.