English as an Additional Language (EAL)

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.

​Curriculum update

The VCAA has advised schools that a new F-10 English as an Additional Language curriculum will be released in March 2019.

For more information, see Notice to Schools 126/2018 - 19 December 2018

Students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) are a significant group in Victorian government schools and represent 13 per cent of all students.




  • Resources for EAL Teachers – published by the Department to support EAL teachers and schools to plan and deliver effective programs.
  • No English - Don't Panic - a handbook for teachers of EALin their first few weeks at school in Australia.
  • No English 2 Questions and Answers – provides answers to some of the concerns primary classroom teachers may have about the English language development of newly arrived EAL learners, and about providing appropriate programs for them.
  • Professional Learning – links to providers of professional learning for EAL teachers.​

Program planning

Assessment and reporting

  • The EAL Developmental Continuum P – 10 – provides evidence based indicators of progress, linked to practical teaching strategies, to support the assessment of EAL students and the development of effective learning programs for the many students in Victorian schools who are learning English as a second or additional language.
  • Assessment and reporting – for EAL learners should be based on the EAL Companion to the AusVELS (also known as ‘the EAL standards’)

EAL in Victorian government schools

EAL Annual Reports - annual reports on the provision of EAL programs in Victorian government schools.

History of EAL in Victorian government schools - for a brief history of more than four decades of established assistance to students from language backgrounds other than English offered in Victorian government schools from 1960 to 2006, see: