English as a Second Language (ESL)
Online English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutoring
Studying HSC English as a Second Language (ESL) is not without its difficulties but we at e-tut provide a supportive tutoring approach that aims to maximise understanding and learning whilst challenging you to achieve amazing results. Our team of highly trained online tutors strive to help you navigate through HSC ESL competently whilst being able to apply the English language to all facets of the NSW curriculum.
The HSC ESL course is perfect for students who have been educated overseas or in an Australian institution and have used English as the language of instruction for five years or less prior to beginning their preliminary year of study. This is also a great course for students whose learning has been interrupted by times of outside education as well as students from indigenous communities where English was not the mother-tongue for the community.
We follow the NSW curriculum and aim to address the needs of a certain group of students who require online ESL tutoring. The course complements the English Standard and English Advanced courses that we offer and provides learners the opportunity to become confident and effective communicators.
The aim of the course is to guide students towards developing skills in responding to and composing a range of texts; communicating effectively via writing, speaking and visuals; develop critical and effective thinking and be able to critically evaluate the effects and purposes of language.
Preliminary ESL Requirements
The preliminary course will help students to acquire and develop certain English skills, knowledge and understanding of the way ideas are represented in texts. Students are required to study Australian and other texts and explore a range of texts from categories such as nonfiction; film; prose and poetry. The preliminary course has 2 sections:
- Language Study within an Area of Study
The content of the course is undertaken via the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, representing and viewing.
HSC ESL Requirements
Students are required to study at least three types of prescribed texts from genres such as drama; prose fiction; nonfiction; poetry and film or media.
The course also has 2 sections:
- Language Study within an Area of Study – to reinforce and extend language skills and apply in synthesis
- Modules – these emphasise the aspects of shaping meaning and demonstration of the effectiveness of different texts for different readers and purposes. Students are required to choose one of the electives from each Module:
- Module A – Experience Through Language
- Texts and Society
Where To with ESL?
Enhancing your language skills with the ESL course can open up doors to great career opportunities such as:
- Legal Assistant
- Public Relations
- Research Analyst
Why Study ESL Online?
Studying ESL online allows for individualised attention and easy access to highly qualified tutors. It’s also extremely cost effective as all you need is your computer and an internet connection. Studying online is also time-effective as you can study for as many or few hours per week as is necessary.
We specialise in online tutoring in a range of subjects including Mathematics Extension 1 and Extension 2, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business and Economics. We also offer 4 other English courses along with Year 11 and 12 subject selection:
- English Standard for Year 11 learners who need to increase their proficiency in the language.
- English Advanced which allows learners to apply critical and creative skills to their texts and communication
- English Extension 1 and Extension 2 for advanced students who wish to develop complex levels of conceptualisation.
We deliver our 60 minute lessons via a virtual classroom that allows for interactive, visual and exciting lessons. Learners can opt for personal tuition or small group sessions where we do not exceed 5 students per group. Our online technology provides the ability to either communicate verbally or via text chat with tutors and peers and you can also share files, images and other media effortlessly.
Get Ahead With Online English as a Second Language Tutoring
Register with e-tut for personal attention and a focused, motivating and dedicated approach to learning ESL that will help you to achieve the best HSC ATAR that you can.
If there is a service that we do not currently offer, please feel free to contact us so that we can provide the best possible education for our learners.
Area of Study: Belonging
- choose two prescribed texts from the following list. Each of these prescribed texts must be a different.
Type of text:
- explore additional texts of their own choosing from a variety of sources, in a range of genres and media.
- BAILLIE, Alan, The China Coin, Puffin,1992
- JHABVALA, Ruth Prawer, Heat and Dust, John Murray/Hachette, 2003
- WINCH, Tara June, Swallow the Air, University of Queensland Press, 2006
- RUSSELL, Willy, Educating Rita, Longman/Pearson Education, 1991
- HARRISON, Jane, ‘Rainbow’s End’ from Cleven,Vivienne et al (eds), Contemporary Indigenous Plays, Currency Press, 2007
- SKRZYNECKI, Peter, Immigrant Chronicle, University of Queensland Press, 2002, ‘Immigrants at Central Station, 1951’, ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’, ‘St Patrick’s College’, ‘Ancestors’, ’10 Mary Street’, ‘Post card’, ‘In the Folk Museum’
- DICKINSON, Emily, Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson, (James Reeves ed) Heinemann Education, 1959, 66 ‘This is my letter to the world’, 67 ‘I died for beauty but was scarce’, 82 ‘I had been hungry all the years’, 83 ‘I gave myself to him’, 127 ‘A narrow fellow in the grass’, 154 ‘A word dropped careless on the page’, 161 ‘What mystery pervades a well!’, 181 ‘Saddest noise, the sweetest noise’
- PUNG, Alice, Unpolished Gem, Black Inc, 2006
Film (f) or Multimedia (mm)
- NOYCE, Phillip, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Magna Pacific, 2002 (f)
- DALDRY, Stephen, Billy Elliot, Universal Studios, 2000 (f)
- MULTICULTURAL PROGRAMS UNIT, NSW Dept of Education and Training, Making Multicultural Australia, www.multiculturalaustralia.edu.au (mm) Sections:
Activities www.multiculturalaustr alia.edu.au/activities/index.php
Final details of the site sections are published on the Board’s website in August in the year before the commencement of the HSC course.
Module A: Experience Through
Students choose one of the following texts as the basis for their study of Australian voices.
- BURKE, J C, The Story of Tom Brennan, Random House, 2005
- THOMSON, Katherine, Diving for Pearls, Currency Press, 1993
- BURNS, Joanne, On a Clear Day, ETT Imprints, 1997 (available through Dennis Jones and Associates, www.dennisjones.com.au) ‘on a clear day’, ‘public places’, ‘echo’, ‘hegemonies’ KOMNINOS, Komninos by the Kupful, University of Queensland Press, 1995, ‘back to melbourne’, ‘hillston welcome’, ‘cobar, july 1993’, ‘eat’, ‘noura from narooma’, ‘thomastown talk’
- BIRD, Carmel (ed)/Human Rights Commission, The Stolen Children – Their Stories, Random House, 1998
- SITCH, Rob, The Castle, Roadshow, 1997
OR Elective 2: Australian Visions
Students choose one of the following texts as the basis for their study of Australian visions.
- GOLDSWORTHY, Peter, Maestro, HarperCollins, 2004
- MISTO, John, The Shoe-Horn Sonata, Currency Press, 1996
- STEWART, Douglas, Selected Poems, Board of Studies website www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au, ‘Lady Feeding the Cats’, ‘Wombat’, ‘The Snow- Gum’, ‘Nesting Time’, ‘The Moths’, ‘The Fireflies’, ‘Waterlily’, ‘Cave Painting’, ‘The Tailor Fishermen’
Film (f) or Media (m)
- LUHRMANN, Baz, Strictly Ballroom, Fox, 1992 (f)
- COX, Deb, Seachange – Series 2, ABC, 2004 (m), ‘Playing With Fire’, ‘Not Such Great Expectations’, ‘Manna From Heaven’, ‘Law and Order’
Module B: Texts and Society
Elective 1: Living and Working in the Community
Students are to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing related to the elective. The support document, Workplace and Community Texts (see www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au), provides examples of types of texts and may further supplement students’ study of this elective.
OR Elective 2: Academic English
Students are to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing related to the elective. The support document, Academic English (see www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au), provides examples of types of texts and may further supplement students’ study of this elective.