Students who speak English as an Additional Language or Dialect

Specialist English support is available for students who are learning English as a second or additional language. At Ainslie School we have a teacher for students who speak English as an additional language or dialect (EALD) who works with classroom teachers to assist non English speaking students with their transition to a new language and culture.

Effective teaching of students who speak EALD is informed by an understanding of the characteristics of EALD learning, including students' learning needs and typical pathways of development. The particular challenge for students is that they need to concurrently learn English, learn through (or in) English and learn about English.

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As EALD students in Australian schools learn English they:
  • must learn how to use English to communicate successfully and interact formally and informally.
  • require considerable exposure to English in order to acquire conversational fluency. It may take many years before these students reach the levels of academic language proficiency required by the Australian Curriculum. There is considerable research on the length of time it takes to become a proficient additional language user.
  • may take significantly more time to achieve standards of conversational fluency and academic language proficiency in English, especially if they have had disrupted schooling or limited literacy backgrounds in their first language.

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