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Intensive English Centre

Welcome to Fairfield Intensive English Centre (IEC)!


Fairfield IEC, in the South Western Sydney region, provides intensive English language instruction, orientation, welfare and settlement support to newly arrived high school aged students, including international students. The IEC is in the grounds of Fairfield High School, and provides high school preparation support for students from diverse language backgrounds.  Our centre has catered for students from Iraq, Vietnam, China, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Thailand, Africa, Burma and many different European countries.

The Intensive English curriculum is taught through key subject learning areas to develop students' English skills
to a level that will allow them to enter high school and continue their general education and English language learning.  Bilingual staff assist student learning and support communication with parents and caregivers.  Most students study in the specialised learning environment of the centre for approximately 30 to 40 weeks before transferring to a government high school.  Courses for international students run for about 20 weeks.

A range of subjects from the NSW curriculum are taught including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Visual Arts, Drama and Physical Education.  These subjects are taught by fully qualified and experienced high school teachers and trained in both English as a Second Language (ESL) and the particular subject area they are teaching.  We also have a team of school learning support officers who can speak Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese and Spanish.  Our bilingual support officers provide an important link between the school staff, students and parents.

Welfare is also a priority at the IEC, where we have specialist migrant counsellors to assist students with settlement, personal issues and future educational/vocational pathways.  Counsellors work closely with teachers and learning support officers to support the needs of all students.

The IEC has also very recently relocated into refurbished premises with a view to continually improve the quality of the learning environment for our students.

You are welcome to contact us for enrolment if you are a newly arrived high school student in the Fairfield area who needs to learn English to prepare for your high school studies.  We are located in the grounds of Fairfield High School.

The Horsley Drive

Fairfield NSW 2165

Telephone:  (02) 9724 6885

Fax:  (02) 9726 4399

Email: fairfield-i.school@det.nsw.edu.au