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Intensive English Centres (IECs) provide intensive English tuition to newly arrived, high school aged students whose first language is not English. In addition, the IECs provide orientation, settlement and welfare programs to prepare students for learning in a NSW government high school and to participate in Australian society.
Intensive English language programs are based on the Intensive English Programs (IEP) Curriculum Framework. The curriculum framework provides a text-based approach for explicitly teaching English through key learning/subject areas. High school subject areas are adapted for second language learners to prepare them for high school.
The IEP Curriculum Framework has four levels of intensive English language development: Foundation, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Students with limited first language literacy skills start at Foundation. Beginning students with good first language literacy skills start at Level 1.
As the students' level of English language proficiency increases, the teaching concentrates more on academic concepts, vocabulary and skills required in preparation for high school.