The Geelong English Language Centre (GELC) Program
Wexford Campus Northern Bay College
Ph: 52 732 600
OVERVIEW- ABOUT US – ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Geelong English Language Centre Program prepares newly arrived primary and secondary students from language backgrounds other than English for further study in Australian schools. GELC is funded by the Australian Government and operates as part of the Victorian Government schooling system.
Students typically spend six to twelve months of intensive English study at GELC before attending a mainstream school full time. Students attend GELC four days per week. In this time, the goal of GELC’s curriculum is to equip students with the English language skills and cultural understanding necessary to begin their transition into the Australian school system and wider community.
TEACHING AND LEARNING FOCUS
Teaching and learning at GELC is focussed on building effective communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. All the teaching staff at GELC are qualified English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialists. These teachers ensure students develop general and academic language skills across a selection of core subject areas. In addition to developing their English language skills through the study of core subject areas, students are explicitly taught how to learn in the Australian classroom. This includes a focus on the student/teacher relationship, classroom conventions and learning strategies and skills that enable them to function in mainstream schools.
Students may also be assisted in the classroom by Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs). MEAs help students to understand the school work and what is expected of them. MEAs enrich the learning experience by explaining concepts or instructions in the learner’s first language and are invaluable in assisting students and teachers to communicate with each other. MEAs also assist teachers and families to communicate.
Students work in small groups with an average class size of 13 students. Classes are based on student year levels and English language proficiency.
GELC places a strong emphasis on student wellbeing and understands the diverse needs of newly arrived students. As students enter the Program from a diverse range of cultures, first-language backgrounds, ages and educational backgrounds, GELC works with enrolling schools to ensure that students’ wellbeing needs are addressed. GELC provides a supportive and nurturing environment that assists students to adjust to life in Australia.
Northern Bay College, Wexford Campus F- 8
Wexford Court, Corio
GELC provides intensive English programs to eligible students from language backgrounds other than English who are enrolled in Victorian Government primary and secondary schools in the Greater Geelong area.
To be eligible, students must be:
- Aged between 5 and 18 years,
- A permanent resident of Australia, or
- The holder of an eligible temporary resident visa in Australia, and
- Have been in Australia less than six months (18 months for prep entry students)
Students are enrolled in the GELC Program through their enrolling school. They cannot enrol directly with GELC.
Schools will require the following documentation:
- Passport or travel documents
- Current visa
The GELC Outreach Officer in collaboration with the enrolling school will assess the English language learning needs of eligible newly arrived students and determine their suitability for the program. If the student is offered a place the parent/guardian will be contacted for an enrolment interview. Interpreters will be available for this process if required.
If GELC does not have vacancies the student will be placed on the waiting list and contacted for enrolment once a place becomes available.
No cost to parents for this program although some expense may be incurred to cover transport costs.
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
Prior to enrolment, each student will be assessed using an Initial Assessment tool to determine English language levels and suitability for the Program. Once attending the Program students have ongoing assessments including formal testing, observation and self- assessment to monitor and record progress. The results of formal and informal assessment are used to assist teachers to plan lesson content and to give students feedback on their performance.
Classroom teachers write reports each term for every student. At the end of each term continuing students receive a written progress report. Students leaving GELP receive a comprehensive exit report. These reports are presented and explained to parents with the assistance of a professional interpreter at Parent/Teacher interviews. The reports are also passed on to students’ teachers in their enrolling school.
TRANSITION INTO MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS
Students accessing the program at Northern Bay College, Wexford campus will attend the program from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays students will attend their enrolling schools. This enables them to get to know their mainstream school, its staff, students, routines and expectations in a supported environment. It also provides a great chance for students to practise the English language skills they have been acquiring. This transition will be supported by GELC teachers and the GELC Transition Officer.
- Monday – Thursday
- 9:00 am – 3:10 pm
Generally families transport their children to and from the English Language Centre. The GELC Outreach Services Officer can assist families to make travel arrangements for their children.
Students wear the uniform of their enrolling school.
Students bring their own food for lunch and snack.
Any medicines students require should be given to GELC staff to administer as necessary. In the case of an emergency parents will be contacted. Parents are required to keep their contact details up to date with their enrolling school.
Students arriving late or leaving the English Language Centre early must sign in or out at the school office.
When students are absent contact the English Language Centre on site at Wexford Campus
Ph: 52 783 548
Mob: 0419 870 439