Intensive Literacy and Numeracy – ESOL

Who applies? ITPs, PTEs, Universities, Wānanga Fund focus: Learning focus, Foundation skills, ESOL, Literacy Language and Numeracy, Learner focus, Domestic students, Pacific students, Migrants, Refugees, Maori, Adults, Youth
Status: Ongoing Agreed through? Investment Plan (on Plan)

The Intensive Literacy and Numeracy – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ILN – ESOL) fund supports the provision of fees-free ESOL programmes to adult refugees (including protected persons) and migrants who are pre-literate learners or learners who have very low levels of English language and literacy. Pre-literate learners are those who need exposure to the purposes and uses of literacy.

ILN – ESOL provision is funded at a fixed rate for 200 hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition. The tuition must be delivered at the intensity of 200 hours over a 10 to 26 week period, and learners are expected to access, on average, 200 hours of tuition per learner.

ILN – ESOL funding is only available to TEOs with demonstrated expertise in delivery of ESOL to adult refugees and migrants.

TEOs who receive ILN ESOL funding must have a current Investment Plan and offer ESOL tuition that is appropriate for the target learners.

TEOs must have in place an effective assessment process for identifying a learner’s literacy and numeracy gains including use of the Starting Points option within the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (Assessment Tool). See Condition ESOL012.

TEOs may use the most appropriate version of the on-line Assessment Tool to assess learner progress, which may include the Step Two Threshold Assessments (PDF, 356 Kb) or the Starting Points options in the Assessment Tool. Paper-based assessments should only be used as an exception for individual learners for whom the TEO cannot reasonably make the on-line version available.

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

Funding mechanism

The Specialised English for Speakers of Other Languages funding mechanism is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for the TEC to allocate the funding and details how we administer the fund.

A TEO that receives ILN – ESOL funding is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989 and
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in the TEO's Plan funding confirmation letter.


  • Last changed: 18 February 2016
  • Last verified: 18 February 2016