Edited on March 21, 2023
EAL/D students are those whose first language is a language or dialect other than English and who require additional support to develop proficiency in Standard Australian English (SAE).
These students may include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- immigrants to Australia and temporary visa holders from non-English speaking countries
- students with a refugee background
- children born in Australia of migrant heritage where English is not spoken at home
- English-speaking students returning to Australia after extended periods in non-English speaking settings
- children of deaf adults who use Auslan as their first language
- international students from non-English speaking countries.
- Countries registered and formal community associations (found through their country embassy)
- Local organisations that are available to support CALD (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse) families:
- Meeting the needs of students for whom English is an additional language or dialect of the Australian Curriculum
- Possibly become a member of Australian Council of TESOL Association (ACTA) either national or ACT Branch (ATESOL ACT)
- Cultural Atlas – Helps teachers build knowledge of cultural groups
- Possibly look at any work by Misty Adoniou – https://petaa.edu.au/litportal/Resources-for-Curriculum/Lower-primary/Reading/Mentor-Texts/Introduce-mentor-text.aspx
- Lexis Education offer supportive language based professional learning by leading researchers. https://lexised.com/
- The Teaching and Learning Cycle project led by Bev Derewianka and VicTESOL https://victesol.vic.edu.au/index.php/teaching-and-learning-cycle-project/
- TIS National through the Australian Government: Department of Home Affairs for interpreters.
- Not an Australian resource, but may helpful https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/index.html