English Language Support (EAL/D)
English support for students with English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) focuses on the development of students' ability to communicate effectively in English.
Classes assist students to improve the core English skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students also enhance their vocabulary skills and knowledge of grammar, language conventions, parts of speech and text and genre conventions. A combination of the communicative and genre based approaches are used to achieve these goals.
As an extension of the normal curriculum, the English as Additional Language/Dialect program is tailored to co-exist with everyday learning at all stages of schooling:
Reception through to Year 7
Individualised support is critical in these early years and students attend two lessons per week, where they gain:
- tailored learning – targeting key areas of development; and
- individual learning support which aligns to their mainstream classwork.
Year 8 through to Year 10
As students progress, lessons increase to Four times per week where a combination of the communicative and genre-based approaches are used to improve:
- core English skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening
- vocabulary, grammar, language conventions and speech
- support through the assignment editing process
Year 11 through to Year 12
Eligible EAL/D students will undertake ESL Stage 1 in Year 11.
Year 11-12 EAL/D students receive additional support to ensure successful completion of the Personal Leaning Plan and the Research Project which are compulsory subjects required to complete SACE. EAL/D students are also encouraged to seek support during their FLT lessons with their ESL teacher. EAL/D students are also encouraged to participate in the Home Work Club, an afterschool tutoring program designed to provide students with extra support in all curriculum areas.