This course is based on the dual view of Science,
expressed in the Science Syllabus 7 - 10, which sees
Science as both a body of collected knowledge explaining
the Universe and a set of processes used to systematically
acquire and refine information, Underlying this course
is the belief that a second language can be acquired
through learning in a content area where the language
is embedded within a context and so authentic. Input
also needs to be comprehensible and flexible to cater
for the varied interests, aptitudes and previous science
education of students. The emphasis of the course
is on group work, both in experiments and language
activities to maximise opportunities for student participation
and language usage. In particular, students will gain
an understanding of the specific use of English in
Science and so be prepared to cope with high school
Science at their appropriate level.
This is a Science course for newly-arrived E.S.L.
students at Beverly Hills' Language Centre. Students
have usually been at the Centre for one quarter before
they begin Science and will stay at the Centre for
another three quarters before being placed into local
high schools. Classes are usually organised on English
ability although sometimes age and special needs are
considered. The course is therefore designed to cover
thirty weeks although, because of the varied science
background and ability of students, both the time
frame and content must be flexible.
Student Population Profile
The student population at Beverly Hills language Centre
is varied, with students from many countries, including
China, Vietnam, Lebanon, Hong Kong and Yugoslavia.
Students are usually aged between twelve and seventeen
and have had a variety of schooling, particularly
in respect to Science. Difficulties may be encountered
due to differences in attitudes and these mainly students
or, (for women), the perception that science is a
Most students usually feed into the junior years of
the local high schools although occasionally a small
percentage enter technical colleges.
To provide a grounding in basic scientific facts,
ideas and laws in each of Biology, Chemistry, Geology
and Physics and so facilitate students transfer into
high school science.
To develop the skills necessary to work safely and
co-operatively in a school science laboratory.