ST PAUL's Grammar School in Penrith, Australia, provides a 30-week English-as-a-second-language course for students who need support in bringing their English-language skills up to a standard required for undertaking senior years study in an English teaching medium. Ken Goodlet, executive assistant to the principal, said the course had proved very successful for the many students from Asia, particularly China, who had completed the International Baccalaureate course in the past. An induction programme is also provided that offers an introduction to life skills in Australia and study skills. 'Accommodation is provided in the form of homestay with an Australian family sympathetic to the needs of overseas students. Normally, there is just one overseas student in each family and they become part of the family,' Mr Goodlet said.