Intensive English Student Placement and Progress

The English language development of students attending the SIEU is assessed using the English as a Second Language (ESL) outcomes from the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework (NTCF). The framework provides information about each student’s progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.

Student Pathways

Students move through the different classes according to their ESL levels.


  • Level 1 & 2


  • Level 3


  • Level 4

Year 10 or 11 (mainstream)

Students enter the mainstream at ESL Level 5.


Students’ skills and knowledge are assessed using the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework English as a Second language (ESL) levels. School reports inform parents and students about achievement through the ESL levels. Within each level, progress is measured using the terms:

  • Emerging
  • Solid
  • Comprehensive

Emerging means students are beginning to work at that level.

Solid means students are consolidating (strengthening) their understandings at that level.

Comprehensive means students are achieving all the skills necessary at that level.

Moving between levels

The time taken to move from one level to the next will vary depending on a number of factors including the student’s:

  • level of English language skills on arrival
  • previous educational experience
  • literacy in his or her first language
  • commitment to his or her own independent study eg. revision of class work, reading, homework and completion of assessment tasks.

Reporting to Parents/Guardians

Each term a written report is provided to inform parents/guardians of student progress. Parents/guardians are invited to attend Parent Teacher Information Evenings once a term. Interpreters are available to assist with communication.

Teachers are available to speak to parents at other times. To arrange for a meeting, parents/guardians need to contact the SIEU to make an appointment. At the time of booking, they will need to advise if interpreters are needed.

Please phone 8999 1240.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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