The Functional English program at Aldridge State High Schools' Learning Enhancement Centre endeavours to cater for students to be able to work at their level at school and in the community while providing life-long English skills. The learning experiences we offer engage students with concepts including; individual work, group work, whole-class participation, persistence, respect, responsibility, commitment and self-discipline, in addition to acquiring skills necessary for English. Units focus on English and English Programs such as reading and comprehension activities that are vital for someone to be able to function well in society beyond school-life.
At the Aldridge Learning Enhancement Centre:
Functional English is undertaken through year 11 & 12 at Aldridge State High School through the Learning Enhancement Centre. In Functional English, students gain experiences with a variety of concepts with greater focus on English and English skills that are beneficial for life-skills at an achievable level.
Why study Functional English?
The Functional English curriculum helps students to learn a variety of English and English strategies. They not only gain knowledge and skills related to real-life situations but learn social skills that will also benefit them in years to come. These skills also include respect for themselves and others. Functional English gives a better grounding of what is required in society to be able to cope with everyday tasks that will arise. Functional English classes encourage and improves self-esteem, self-confidence, self-awareness, and shapes positive partnerships for learning, and friendships.
Facilities and Equipment:
Students in Functional English have access to trained and dedicated staff whom work in a high functioning Learning Enhancement Centre, in a variety of situations. The Learning Enhancement Centre has a fully equipped resource and equipment library which can cater for a wide range of tasks or activities that need to be carried out.
Units of study:
Functional English students gain skills and knowledge that encourage and provide them with a wide range of activities, skills and strategies that are necessary for life within the broader community when their school years are completed. Regular and practised exposure to English and English activities can shape a well-grounded young adult for future year.
Mrs Dianne Higgins, along with many other teachers and teacher aides have coordinated the the Functional English program within the Aldridge Learning Enhancement Centre over the last few years. Mrs Higgins is a trained and dedicated Special Education teacher.