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Culture & Language Immersion Program

The Culture and Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is for international students from non English speaking backgrounds (NESB) requiring a specific level of English proficiency before they commence mainstream study at Scotch College.

At Scotch we offer a unique supportive orientation program to Australian education. It is intended for enrolled students to bridge the gap between new arrivals and mainstream schooling. Students live in our Boarding House and can commence their studies immediately as they arrive in Adelaide.

The Culture and Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is for international students from non English speaking backgrounds (NESB) requiring a specific level of English proficiency before they commence mainstream study at Scotch College.

After being assessed through Australian English Assessment Services (AEAS) offshore, the Director of International Admissions will offer students a placement at Scotch College commencing in the CLIP program at the appropriate level.

The students will enter the program according to the recommendation made in the AEAS test results. The following levels are available: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Students may participate in non language rich subject classes whilst participating in the program and will also be encouraged to observe classes they wish to enter at a later date. Alongside the daily intensive language classes students are encouraged, where possible, to participate in all aspects of school life; music, sport and co curricula activities.

Throughout the program students will be continuously assessed on their speaking, listening, reading and writing and receive constant progress reports. When students graduate the course they may confidently proceed to mainstream classes with ESL support.

A highlight of Scotch College is our student wellbeing which includes close supervision both during the day and in the Boarding House. Parents can be assured that their child will be closely monitored and will be regularly communicated with regarding their child's progress.

The program also addresses the cultural implications of studying in another country. The CLIP students are taught about the various cultures they experience in their stay. Students learn what it means to be part of an Australian culture as well as being a member of the Scotch College community. Incursions, excursions and special events develop the CLIP students' cultural awareness and their own global identity.

CLIP Entry Points

The CLIP teacher will be instrumental to the three entry points of the program and will act as a support in the NESB students' mainstream classes. CLIP students must complete the AEAS off-shore, which will determine which entry point is most appropriate and how many hours of language instruction they will need.

Entry points, determined by CLIP teacher

  1. Elementary (26-35): 20 hours (minimum) intensive face-to-face ESL instruction
  2. Intermediate (45-60): Understanding of sentence structure and grammar, speech is average to good)
  3. Advanced (60-80): Can write and converse in English, but requires subject specific vocabulary, terms and expressions
  4. Mainstream Schooling with Support
  5. Mainstream Schooling

 

Click here to learn more about CLIP at Scotch

Britta Corones
CLIP Coordinator
B.Arts (European Studies)
B.Ed (Specialisation)
E: bcorones@scotch.sa.edu.au

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