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English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

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Overview

The Yeronga State High School English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Program supports the English language development of students who have come from language backgrounds other than English. Students arrive from:

  • Milpera State High School (a State reception centre for new arrivals who come from language backgrounds other than English)
  • Partner primary schools
  • Other EAL/D units
  • Directly overseas

EAL/D Organisation

Learners are placed in EAL/D classes where they continue to receive intensive English support while they are gradually integrated into mainstream classes. Placement depends on:

  • Their chronological age
  • Their educational background
  • Their language development needs

Junior and Middle Secondary (Years 7 to 10)

In years 7, 8 and 9 a program is provided that reflects materials and topics offered in the mainstream classes. When students move into mainstream high school subjects EAL/D teachers may still support them. Students study English and Humanities in EAL/D.  Other subjects like Maths, Science and ICT are also taught in the EAL/D program for years 7, 8 and 9 students.

Year 10 is a transition year. To meet students' needs we offer:-

  • Parallel English and Science classes that cover the Australian curriculum while continuing to promote language acquisition
  • Access and support opportunities for those students who have integrated into mainstream Key Learning Areas
  • EAL/D Maths for those students whose numeracy and/or language development is lower than mainstream Year 10 Maths
  • Other EAL/D classes include Academic English and English Skills (with a focus on spoken language)

Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12)

EAL/D learners in the Senior Phase of Learning are placed in mainstream classes.  EAL/D teachers still work with these students to help them acquire English as an additional language. Students have a range of support mechanisms available to them through:

  • Yeronga SHS delivers the General subject English as an Additional Language. This enables students to access University through an English subject with a greater focus on grammar
  • The Applied subject, Essential English is taught by an EAL/D teacher
  • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Computers)
  • Authority-registered subject in Social and Community Studies
  • EAL/D access during the Senior Forum program, which provides for language assistance across the curriculum
  • In-class support in mainstream classes, including Maths, by an EAL/D teacher
  • Bi-lingual aides support students through their first language in classes
  • Visits to and from universities to promote understanding of and provide support with the Queensland tertiary context for students

EAL/D teachers to support EAL/D students pursuing traineeships and VET pathways outside the school context.


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Last reviewed 27 November 2019
Last updated 27 November 2019