The EAL learner

learners of English as an Additional Language


The EAL Learner website is designed to provide:   

  • support for educators who work with  learners of English as an Additional Language
  • a meeting and sharing point for teachers of EAL learners

EAL/D 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.   

This website describes:

  • Who EAL learners are – characteristic of EAL learners, including new arrival and refugee students,  and factors in successful additional language learning
  • How I help them to learn – for teachers of EAL students – necessary knowledge about pedagogy and language that will enable teachers to effectively support EAL learners
  • Partnerships for learning – whole school approaches, families, CESA EAL program, external agencies

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At the bottom of each page there is a blog space for you to post related comments and questions and we encourage your contributions.

What questions or comments might you have about this?

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  1. This is very interesting and I am sure a very useful tool. I look forward to learning more on how to use this website to enhance my knowledge about the EAL program and my colleagues.

  2. magdalenamoise

    July 31, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Congratulations, Chris and contributors! This is a mighty effort to organise so much information! This would be very useful for mainstream classroom teachers and not only.

    Would it be possible to embed videos from the classroom? Examples of how some of the strategies are used by the teachers? Perhaps a few more resources on oral language development?

    Can’t wait for this to go live!

    • chrisp64

      August 1, 2016 at 7:49 am

      It certainly would be possible and wonderful to embed videos of classroom practice; we just need some volunteer teachers.
      I agree, a few more resources on oral language would be useful. Do you have some worthwhile ones that you’ve used?

  3. chrisp64

    November 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    How might you promote use of this website with your colleagues?

  4. I hope to use this with my staff in the new term

  5. It is wonderful that the oral language rubric and stimulus power point are on here and are much easier to find than in docushare. Mine were starting to look a little over used.

  6. The interactive modules are useful for the teachers to enhance their own understanding of the sentence structure or verbs but they could also be used as a teaching resource in the classroom, as they are or adapted.

  7. I like that the learning modules offer a certificate of completion at the end.

    I was wondering if there could be a section dedicated to the use of technology to support the EAL students’ written and oral languages development. e.g. apps, websites. Maybe a sharing space for teachers?

    • chrisp64

      November 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      It’s unlikely that we will create a specific section but we could add information and links about specific apps within the relevant sections. I encourage users to add information about apps on the Comments section of relevant sections.

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