Introduction to English as an Additional Language

Students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) are a significant group of students in Victorian government schools, making up around 15% of all students in metropolitan schools.

On arrival in Australia, EAL learners are able to access the New Arrivals Program which provides intensive full time programs or targeted support to assist with the initial stages of learning English. EAL students' learning of English is further supported by EAL programs in mainstream schools.

This section of the website provides information about the range of services and resources available to the teachers and parents of EAL students in Victoria.

This short video explains programs available to meet the learning needs of students in Victorian government schools, learning English as a second or additional language.

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The vision for EAL in education and development settings

The Victorian Government has made a strong commitment to maintaining and improving access to EAL in Victoria.

For more information about the Government's vision for EAL, see: English as an Additional Language

Interpreting and translating

Interpreting and translating –  find information about accessing interpreting and translating assistance.