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Preparation for Secondary School

THE PREPARATION FOR SECONDARY STUDIES COURSE


The Preparation for Secondary Studies (PSS) Course, delivered in school terms, is an intensive English program for students who need to improve their English proficiency before commencing High School studies.

The Preparation for Secondary Studies Course integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with the school subject area content along with study skills and cultural information in order to provide a framework for a total learning experience. This will assist students to participate effectively in subject area classes in an English speaking high school.

When students finish, they will have developed research, reading and general English language skills which will them with the study skills to achieve academic success in High School

What will students study?

•    Reading comprehension
•    Academic writing styles
•    Speaking – for everyday use and also for class presentations
•    Note taking
•    Assignment writing
•    Intensive listening

Course Information

•    Average Class Size: 18
•    Hours per week: 24 (including one hour of sport & directed study period)
•    Minimum Age: 11 years
•    Levels*: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate
*Depending on availability, ALS reserves the right to place students in a class nearest their level.

How many levels are there?

There are 3 levels
•    Elementary (PSS1)
•    Pre-Intermediate (PSS2)
•    Intermediate (PSS3)

How long will students spend in each level and what level is required for entry to High School?

Each level is delivered in a school term, between 8 to 11 weeks. On successful completion Intermediate level students can enter High School.





What do students receive on completion?
Students receive a comprehensive report on their English level along with a Certificate of Completion stating the level reached at exit.

What happens if students do not know their English level?

Alexander Language School (ALS) offers a FREE English Language Assessment to assess a students’ English ability. Students who do not have a recognized English assessment, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are required to take the assessment.

The English Language Assessment is conducted by marketing staff (during country visits) or by authorized representatives.


PREPARATION FOR SECONDARY STUDIES TIMETABLE

 

TIME/PERIOD

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

8:25 – 8:40

TAG

(Homeroom)

TAG

(Homeroom)

TAG

(Homeroom)

TAG

(homeroom)

EXTENDED TAG

(8:25 – 9:25)

8:40 – 9:40

Period 1

Period 1

Period 1

Period 1

9:40 – 10:40

Period 2

Period 2

Period 2

Period 2

Period 2

(9:25 – 10:25)

10:40 – 11:00

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

(10:25 – 10:50)

11:00 – 12:00

Period 3

Period 3

Period 3

Period 3

Period 3

(10:50 – 11:50)

12:00 – 1:00

Period 4

(Sport)

Period 4

Period 4

Period 4

Period 4

(11:50 – 12:50)

1:00 – 1:40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

(12:50 – 1:40)

1:40 – 2:40

Period 5

Period 5

(directed study)

Period 5

(Sport)

Period 5

Period 5



TIMETABLE DETAILS


TAG

Upon entry, each student is assigned to a multi-year level Teacher Advisor Group (TAG) which is led by a member of the College's Academic Staff. The purpose of the Teacher Advisor Group (TAG) is to provide a supportive and caring environment to enhance each student's academic, personal and social development and to ensure personal contact is maintained with students and their parents. Guidance, encouragement of a sense of belonging, planning, and the monitoring of the personal, academic and social developments of our students is considered a major responsibility of all staff at Murdoch College.?


Directed Study

Directed Study is designed to provide support and guidance to students undertaking homework and individual and group assignments.

Each directed study period is fully structured with students having to provide information on what they will be undertaking in the period. The directed study period is designed around the same high standards, requirements and expectancies of the PSS course.

Sport

The school offers one period of sport a week, which focuses on one sport per term.  Students learn the basic skills along with the language set needed to understand the rules of the sport being studied.