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High school preparation program

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The High school preparation program (HSP) at Whites Hill State College is an intensive English language course which prepares students for academic success in the mainstream secondary school.

Whites Hill State College HSP is the gateway for International students on the Southside of Brisbane. They will be taught by TESOL qualified and registered teachers with specialist  high school expertise.

Entry requirements

Each application for High school preparation is assessed based on:

  • the student's academic results in their home school system
  • the student's proficiency in English.

To participate in the High school preparation program at Whites Hill State College please contact Education Queensland International (EQI).

Course and Curriculum

Students will undertake a fully National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) accredited English language focused HSP course. The course is designed to facilitate English proficiency and study skills to achieve academic success in mainstream Australian high schools. The interactive teaching style of the HSP curriculum encourages international students to practice English conversation with Australian students and teachers and familiarises them with the subject-specific vocabulary they will encounter during their EQ high school studies.

Students have specialised air-conditioned classroom and lunchroom facilities. They are encouraged to integrate with mainstream students through shared sporting activities and cultural events.

Subjects studied include:

  • Integrated skills
  • English for literature
  • English for mathematics
  • English for science
  • English for studies of society and environment (SOSE)

HSP can be structured over one or two school terms of approximately ten weeks each, and includes:

  • 20 hours of English language instruction per week
  • Maximum class sizes of 18 students
  • Excursions, sporting activities and much more!

Assessment

High School Preparation assessment is designed to prepare students for the assessment structure they will encounter at EQ High School. This approach ensures that HSP students are equipped with the best study skills to achieve academic success when they continue on to their EQ High School studies. Some typical assessment tasks include:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Research assignments

At the completion of each term students' ability to be successful in the mainstream is based on:

  • A range of continuous assessment items
  • Aptitude for higher order thinking skills
  • Organisational ability
  • Attitude to study
  • Result of EQI assessment framework

Further information

For further information please contact the HSP program Director of Studies,
Jean Hamilton:
Telephone: +61 7 3900 8318
Fax: +61 7 3102 8593
Email: jhami133@eq.edu.au 

International Homestay Coordinator and Administrator:
Mobile: 0481 038 312
Fax:  +61 7 3102 8593
Email:  International@whiteshillsc.eq.edu.au

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Last reviewed 07 June 2019
Last updated 07 June 2019