English Language Learners - ELL

Victoria Avenue school has developed programmes to cater for needs and abilities of English Language learners (ELL).

The ELL programme is run by our ELL teacher, Julie Hadlow. She works with children in small groups or individually for specific English Language skill learning. The programme covers English listening, speaking, writing and reading. Presentation and visual language skills are also incorporated into the sessions.

The numbers of ELL children on the programme change each term. The New Zealand government support ELL learners by giving funding for these children until they reach the required English language skill benchmark.

International students may also attend ELL sessions. These students may be enrolled at school for as little as one term up to their full primary school experience. Their fees contribute to a wide range of school funding.

The students who attend ELL lessons come from a range of different countries and cultures. Not all the ELL students are born overseas. Some are New Zealand born but their home language may not be English.

The children’s ages range from 5 to 11 years. Sessions are from 30 to 40 minutes. Most of the children have between one and three sessions a week according to needs.

Timetabling has been developed to fit with their busy classroom schedules, but is flexible enough to allow for group and skill changes.

At Victoria Avenue School we offer extra literacy support for our ELL students with Rainbow Reading, and online programmes such as, Reading Eggs. 

We hold special meetings in the staffroom each term for our Chinese parents. At these meetings’ we discuss how we can help you and your children at VAS. Chinese translators are available for these meetings and for regular parent teacher interviews.

Please contact us if you would like more information:

Jane Cameron – 

Julie Hadlow –