Since 2004, WIE have been running successful Adult ESOL Literacy and Literacy  programmes.  These programmes are designed for those learners that have little or no English Literacy skills, so they are able to live day to day in an English speaking country

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ESOL Literacy Programmes
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) refers to the acquisition of English as an additional language by people from non-English-speaking backgrounds.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners can be broadly described as those adults
who use a first language other than English at home (and elsewhere), but who have learning needs
relating to English language. The term ESOL is widely recognised in New Zealand. Some people prefer to use the term EAL (English as an Additional Language). Both terms recognise that for many learners, English may well be one of several languages they know and use.

ESOL learners are an extremely diverse group with widely varying experiences and proficiencies in
language, literacy and numeracy. While many may be literate and/or numerate in their first language, many others may not, or may have specific areas of competence that can transfer to learning in English.

The two most critical variables that distinguish new learners of English from their English-speaking
peers are differences in prior knowledge (includingcultural knowledge) and differences in English
language proficiency.

The teaching of English to students for whom English is not a first language is a central export
education activity and an important element in the success of the whole industry. The quality
of ESOL provision is essential if students are able to participate successfully in the New
Zealand school curriculum and interact socially with New Zealand students and within the
wider New Zealand community.


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