Last updated 8 April 2019
Last updated 8 April 2019

This page sets out the eligibility criteria for TEOs, programmes and learners for the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ILN ESOL).

TEO eligibility

See Condition: Organisation eligibility for tertiary education organisation (TEO) eligibility requirements.

Programme eligibility

See the following conditions for programme eligibility requirements.

For ESOL educator requirements (Condition: Programme eligibility), refer to our literacy and numeracy capability information, including national literacy and numeracy qualifications for educators.

Programmes should target pre-literate learners or learners with very low English language and literacy skills.

Tuition must be delivered to each learner face-to-face.

Learners should also be assessed using the Targeted ESOL Expected Outcomes Framework (Word, 77 Kb).

The TEO’s ILN ESOL recruitment and delivery models must have strong community links and be learner-centred to meet individual learner needs, such as through delivering:

  • evening classes, and/or
  • short, frequent blocks or longer, fewer blocks of tuition.

Community links must be evident through relationships between TEOs and local business, industry, employers, iwi and the wider community, and learners.

Note: ‘subcontracting’ in Condition: Subcontracting refers to a situation in which a TEO uses ILN ESOL funding to pay another TEO to deliver teaching and/or assessment on its behalf. It excludes teaching and learning activities contracted to individuals or organisations that are not TEOs (for example, an employee on a fixed-term contract, an honorary staff member, or a contract for teaching and learning services with a subject-matter expert for part of the programme).

Hours of delivery

The total hours of ESOL tuition received by each learner enrolled in an ILN ESOL programme with a TEO is expected to be between 20 and 500 hours per year, with some exceptions. For example, some learners may:

  • receive less provision than this due to deciding to withdraw or move location, or
  • remain eligible to be enrolled in an ILN programme even though they have received 500 hours of tuition. These learners may continue to be enrolled for up to five years cumulatively (see Learner eligibility below).

We expect these learner numbers to be few when compared to the TEO’s total ILN ESOL learner count.

Intensity of delivery

The intensity of ESOL tuition received by each learner enrolled in an ILN ESOL programme with a TEO must be at least five and no more than 40 hours per week.

Learner eligibility

See Condition: Learner eligibility for learner eligibility requirements

We expect learners not to be enrolled in an ILN – ESOL programme if they are an enrolled secondary school student.

Learners are eligible to be enrolled in, or enrolled in subsequent periods of, ILN – ESOL funded provision totalling a period of up to five years, as long as the learner continues to meet the IN ESOL learner eligibility criteria. TEC permission is not required to re-enrol an eligible learner.

Higher level qualifications / prior achievement

A learner with a level 4 or above qualification that is listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) where the curriculum medium is English language is not considered to have a low skill level in literacy and numeracy. Such a learner is therefore not eligible to enrol in an ILN ESOL funded programme.