Kambrya College offers an on-site INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM. Newly arrived students from non-English speaking background can improve their English before immersing themselves in the mainstream school environment. It allows students to interact with their peers and learn about the cultural and educational aspects of life as a student in Australia. Students can form lasting relationships with both peers and teaching staff school at the completion of their IELP.

The program includes the following aspects:

English language and literacy development

This is the primary focus of the IELP. It will cover elements ranging from basic linguistic studies to textual analysis and broader contextual understanding. This will include:

  • Grammar and Function (teaching of linguistic rules, structures and features).
  • Pronunciation (focus on phonology including pronunciation, stress, rhythm and intonation according to needs, individual programs may be necessary).
  • Written, Visual and Oral Texts (teaching how to comprehend and produce spoken and written texts that are required in the mainstream curriculum).
  • Understanding the norms of school (explicitly exploring values and behaviours whilst acknowledging and embracing differences).
  • How to communicate with teachers in the Australian school setting.
  • Accessing the internet to research a project
  • Effective note taking skills
  • How to reference work correctly.

Cultural Orientation

  • Common Australian terminology (colloquialisms)
  • Australian learning styles (introduction to the different teaching methods to be expected in mainstream classes).


  • Communication with the parents about academic progress and general wellbeing
  • Orientation with the host family
  • Liaising between the host family and the student as required
  • Helping the student to understand the expectations of the host family
  • Education pathways and careers (focus on the structure of the Victorian educational system, educational pathways and career options).
  • Helping students to develop resilience to enable them to cope with the cultural transition to Australia and living away from home.