EAL curriculum and program planning

During 2020, schools may choose to either:

  • use the new EAL curriculum
  • continue using the EAL companion to AusVELS.

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

New EAL curriculum

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

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL provides continuity to the current curriculum and EAL Developmental Continuum.

It has the same structure as all Victorian Curriculum documents:

  • Content descriptions in the curriculum describe teachable knowledge and skills. This covers what to teach and what students should learn.
  • Achievement standards describe what students are able to understand and do when they reach the end of each level in all three modes of the curriculum.

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL also includes elaborations. These are non-mandated examples that give guidance on how schools can turn the curriculum into classroom and learning activities.

Differences with the new curriculum

  • EAL is now a learning area in its own right. EAL students need to develop language skills across all the curriculum areas and capabilities, not just in English. The new curriculum has been designed to be accessible to all teachers in mainstream schools and English language schools and centres. This includes EAL specialist teachers and out-of-field EAL teachers.
  • The three pathways for EAL are based on early, mid and late immersion and are not age-based. Schools have flexibility in moving students between pathways.
  • Students’ existing languages are recognised and leveraged for learning English, new conceptual and cultural knowledge and skills. Teachers should encourage and support the development of EAL students’ cultural and plurilingual awareness.
  • The EAL curriculum supports learning in all areas of the Victorian Curriculum. Teachers of all subjects will use the content descriptions in the EAL curriculum to support the language learning needs of EAL student in their classrooms, in relation to the language demands of their subjects.

Guidance and resources for implementing the new curriculum

EAL Developmental Continuum P-10

The EAL Developmental Continuum P-10 provides support for the development of effective learning programs for EAL learners through indicators of progress linked to practical teaching strategies.

EAL companion to AUSVELS

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) standards are found in the EAL companion to AUSVELS. It provides a framework for developing effective learning programs and assessing student achievement for students learning English as an additional language in Victorian schools.

The EAL handbook

The learning needs of EAL students will vary according to factors such as their pre-migration experiences. Variable factors in a student’s pre-migration experiences include level of formal education in their home country, age, the stage of English language development at which they enter the Victorian school system, and their access to EAL support.

The EAL handbook provides advice about planning and implementing effective programs for a school’s EAL student cohort.

Karen bilingual program

Learning in two languages: Karen bilingual program – 2009 to 2013 research and evaluation of an alternative model of English provision for Karen language background students beginning four year old kindergarten in the city of Wyndham.