English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The Victorian Budget 2020/21 provides $25.1 million for government school students who do not speak English at home to become proficient in English. Funding is also provided to the Victorian School of Languages and the Community Language Schools program to support more students to learn and maintain their heritage language.

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.

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New EAL curriculum

The new English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum – the Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL – is available on the VCAA website.

Schools do not need to report against the new curriculum until Semester 1, 2021.

During 2020, schools may choose to either:

For support implementing the new EAL curriculum, you can use:




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.
  • Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL 2020 Reporting Tool – supports teachers and schools that choose to trial all or part of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL in 2020.

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: