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Intensive English Centre (IEC)

Newly arrived students to Western Australia should enrol and complete an IEC program PRIOR to being enrolled in any mainstream school.

Intensive English Centres (IEC) provide newly arrived migrant learners with a supportive learning environment where students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are assured of an inclusive curriculum and service provision.

IECs support incoming students with eligible visas by providing one year of intensive English studies designed to prepare students for academic achievement in mainstream educational contexts. The students learn English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) in specialist small classes.

Ethnic Education Assistants (EEAs) support teachers in the teaching and learning program and may also provide translating and interpreting services.

Melville SHS IEC has a wonderful, diverse student population with young people from a range of countries, cultures and language backgrounds. All of these learners share the desire to learn English. IEC schools fluctuate in number over a year depending on the settlement patterns of newly arrived families.

Students who typically enrol at an IEC include:

  • Students with minimal or no exposure to English
  • Students with beginning or intermediate English language skills who need further intensive exposure to English
  • Students with limited or severely interrupted educational backgrounds

The South West Metropolitan Region is serviced by the following Intensive English Centres:

Years 1 to 6 (students aged 5.5-11.5 years old)
Beaconsfield Primary School
5 Hale St, Beaconsfield WA 6162
IEC Office  (08) 9335 5806

Years 7-10 (students aged 11.5 -16 years old)
Melville Senior High School
18 Potts St, Melville WA 6156
(08) 62741363

Years 11-12 (students aged 16- 21 years old)
North Lake Senior Campus
188 Winterfold Rd, Kardinya WA 6163
(08) 9314 0444

Melville SHS Enrolment Years 7 to 10

An appointment with the IEC Program Manager must be made when enrolling a student. Enrolments may take several hours and where necessary, interpreters are provided. Parents/caregivers should provide original passport documents or birth certificates (for students born in Australia) and if available, relevant child immunisation documents and previous school reports.

The Melville SHS IEC program is organised into two stages. The Beginner Program caters for students assessed as being between Levels 1 and 2 (according to the WA EAL/D Progress Map). They are placed in one of the three beginner classes (B1, B2 or B3) where they will generally remain for one semester (20 weeks) before transitioning into one of the two transition classes (T1, T2) for a second semester. The students then graduate to their mainstream local school. Both beginner and transition students are streamed according to language ability.

The IEC delivers a full curriculum whilst providing a supportive learning environment. Included in this 12-month Intensive English Program is participation in all the mandated learning area subjects that are applicable to the Australian Curriculum. 

Both beginner and transition programs assist students to become competent enough in English to improve both their educational opportunities and their participation in Australian society.

Student reporting on English language and academic progress occurs twice each year and is in accordance with the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority Assessment and Reporting Requirements.

Over time these EAL/D students learn to socialise and operate at increasing levels of cognitive and linguistic sophistication in this new language.

Who should be enrolled in an IEC?

IECs provide a 12 month intensive English program to eligible Stage 1 EAL/D students.  This may be extended by an additional 12 months for students from limited schooling backgrounds.

Stage 1 EAL/D students are students:

  • born in Australia and enrolled in Year 1
  • born overseas enrolled in Year 1
  • overseas enrolled in Years 2 - 12 in their first year of schooling in Australia
  • from a limited schooling background who are within the first two years of schooling in Australia.

To be eligible for support, students must:

  • require English language support. The EAL/D Progress Map supports schools to make judgements  about student language needs;
  • be identified as Stage 1 EAL/D learners;
  • hold eligible visas or be Australian citizens (eligible visa categories are listed in the Enrolment of Students from Overseas Schedule linked to the Enrolment policy); and
  • be enrolled in Years 1 to 12. (Pre-primary students who are humanitarian entrants, facing challenges associated with trauma, can be enrolled in an IEC Pre-primary program located at Koondoola, Nollamara or Eddystone Primary Schools. This is considered the first year of IEC support and these students exit the IEC at the end of Year 1.)

How long can students be enrolled in an IEC?

Students can be enrolled for 12 months, or if the student is a humanitarian entrant, this can be extended for 24 months. This is currently referred to as Stage 1. After this time, identified EAL/D students commence Stage 2 in the mainstream.

When should students exit an IEC?

Primary students enrolled in an IEC should exit either after the first 12 months of enrolment, or after the first 24 months for humanitarian entrants. Primary students and secondary students should exit at the end of the term closest to the 12 or 24 month expiry date. Senior secondary students should exit at the end of a semester closest to their 12 or 24 months expiry date.  These timeframes will ensure availability of support for new students, avoid incorrect allocation of IEC funding and support students’ integration into mainstream schooling.