English for Speaks of Other Languages is a subject that provides students with pathways to English literacy for NCEA and university entrance.


At PHS our Year 11, 13 and 13 courses are for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Courses contain activities and provide support in all language strands – written, oral and visual.

At Year 11 students can achieve standards for NCEA in English and EL (new English Language Standards).

At Year 12 emphasis is given to academic reading and writing skills, and to formal speaking. English Language (EL) and English standards are offered.

At Year 13 the course offers the NCEA Level 2 English Writing and Reading Achievement Standards needed for University Entrance. Although the emphasis is on academic reading and writing skills, students will be encouraged to improve their speaking and listening, and to give reasoned oral and written responses to a range of situations and texts.