James Cook High School

English Language Learning

Welcome to ELL (English Language Learning)


ELL (English Language Learning) programmes teach English to people whose first language is not English, but who live in an English-speaking country and require English to communicate in daily life.

We have many students from migrant families at our school. We provide ELL classes to offer extra English language support. This programme is designed to help students with their learning in the classroom. The students will work intensively in ELL until they can be integrated at a mainstream level. Every language learner has a different pathway and it might take less than a year to integrate or it might be 5 years depending on where they are placed in their English language learning journey.

ELL focuses on improving the literacy areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This will give the students confidence in their other subject areas and benefit their overall education. Taking ELL means that the student is entitled to extra resources at the school to assist their learning. They will have the help of specialist ELL teachers and learning assistants who will provide comprehensive programmes and support for ELL students.

ELL is targeted at students with English language learning needs. To qualify the student must have a level of English language proficiency below that of a native speaker. Students can still qualify for ELL if they were born in New Zealand but one of their parents was born in another country. Your child’s achievement will be assessed in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to see if they qualify for specialised help.

If you have any questions about the ELL programme or would like to find out more information please email Olivia Walker, the HOD of ELL with the following email address o.walker@jchs.school.nz.