ESOL nurtures self-identity while providing opportunities for success in academic, social and cultural aspects of English.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides opportunities for students from non-English speaking backgrounds to nurture self-pride and self-identity in their linguistic and cultural heritage whilst facilitating the development of English Language skills necessary to become active responsible citizens.

The programme provides opportunities for students from non-English Speaking backgrounds to grasp the academic, social and cultural aspects of English through the teaching of the receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing) in English.

HOD ESOL – Janette Ryan


M.App.Ling(TESOL), Macquarie University.  B.A. and Dip.Tchg (Sec),  University of Auckland.

Experience:  I’ve worked in four secondary schools in Auckland, teaching English, English Language and Japanese.  I’ve taught English as an additional language in a government school in the Hong Kong S.A.R. and in two tertiary institutes in Miyazaki, Japan.

Why I teach my subject:  I love languages and the processes of both learning and teaching them. There is a lot of freedom and fun to be had  in the choice of both topics and activities to base your classes around. It’s also really satisfying to see the confidence and ability of students increase over time.

Why I teach at MRGS:  MRGS is a school that I have chosen to return to. The community, colleagues and most of all the students themselves are part of a unique learning community, and the reason I feel at home here.


Courses and Pathways


This is a multi-level foundation class that focuses on the basics of English. These students are not able to participate in the mainstream classes.


This is a multi-level class of senior students that focuses on the basics of English. The class consists of short-term international students and also those students who are promoted out of 9NL. These students take three mainstream classes with ESL.


This is a Year 9 intensive English support class. They study ESL science and social studies as well as English. They do two other options, Maths and PE.


This is a Year 10 intensive English support class. They do ESL social studies. Most have ESL as one of their options, and have chosen one other. These students participate in mainstream Maths and Science classes.


This is an option class for Year 10 students. Some students choose to do it, while it is recommended others.


This is an option for Years 11-13 students. They do the NCEA English Language Standards Levels 1-3. Students who are in NL2 and NL3 and some ESL students who are mainstreamed take this class as an option.

Cara Wang


Subject I have taken: ESL (English as second language)

Why I am studying this subject: I studying this subject because I think ESL can improve my English. There are students from all over the world in ESL, so I not only improve my English but I also learn about the different cultures from their home countries.

What this subject offers me: ESL offers me a good environment to study and the ESL’s teacher can help me translate the homework from other subjects which helps me understand in other subjects and means I use the English I am learning straight away.

Why I love this subject: When our classmates are communicating, you will learn something that you can’t get from the internet. I love the way the teacher doesn’t just teach us English from a text book but values different cultures and makes them a fun part of our lessons.