Students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) are a significant group in Victorian government schools and represent 13 per cent of all students.
Newly arrived EAL learners are able to access an intensive full-time program or targeted support to help them in the initial stages of learning English. EAL learners are also supported to learn English in mainstream schools.
The vision for EAL in education and development settings
The Victorian Government's Vision for English as an Additional Language in Education and Development Settings was released in June 2013. The vision is for all Victorian education and development settings to equip EAL learners with the English language and literacy skills they need to participate in education, the workplace and community life in the 21st century.
For more information, see: The Victorian Government's Vision for English as an Additional Language in Education and Development Settings (pdf - 986.41kb)
- Newly arrived students – the New Arrivals Program provides intensive EAL tuition in a range of settings.
- Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program – provides a quality English language learning program for newly-arrived EAL learners who are enrolled in isolated and rural schools outside of regional cities. Specialist EAL teachers deliver both curriculum-related and individualised content to students using virtual conferencing and digital tools and systems.
History of EAL in Victorian government schools