English as a Second Language

English as an additional Language or Dialect EAL/D Program

EAL/D students are those whose first language is a language or dialect other than English and who require additional support to assist them to develop proficiency in English. EAL/D students come from diverse multilingual backgrounds and may include:

  • overseas or Australian-born students whose first language is a language other than English
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students whose first language is an Indigenous language, including traditional languages, creoles and related varieties, or Aboriginal English.

EAL/D is the educational acronym that refers to those students whose home language is a language or dialect other than Standard Australian English (SAE) and who require additional support to develop proficiency in SAE, which is the variety of spoken and written English used formally in Australian schools. The acronym EAL/D foregrounds the English language learning needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who speak an Aboriginal or Torres Strait creole, or a variety of Aboriginal English, as their home language, as well as those who speak a traditional or heritage Indigenous language; and of migrant and refugee students who speak an English-based creole, pidgin or dialect as their home language, as well as those who are learning English as a second or additional language (ESL/EAL).

We are very fortunate to have a Specialist EAL/D teacher in our school 3 days a week.
Ms Ilona Vincze operates a blended program of individual and small group lessons in her classroom and support lessons in the children’s classroom. At the start of each year, we provide an information session to new parents and later in the semester an information session to all parents and carers to assist in understanding and interpreting your child’s end of semester report. Ms Vincze is available from Wednesday to Friday during school hours should you wish to make an appointment and discuss your child’s needs.