Teachers use The English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum to plan and assess the learning and development of children for whom English is not their home language. Through learning EAL, students build their capacity to communicate confidently and effectively. This learning also strengthens their understanding of the nature of language and culture, and the way that language changes according to purpose, form and audience. By learning to use and adapt language according to specific contexts, EAL learners build relationships with their peers and the wider world around them. The study of EAL equips students with the skills to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and active and informed citizens. (Victorian Curriculum, EAL)
Bethal Primary School also supports EAL students in their first year of Australian schooling with an EAL intervention program. Students attend allocated EAL sessions throughout the week delivered by our trained EAL teacher. During these sessions, students develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while learning about a new country and culture.