Curriculum and program planning

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.

New EAL curriculum

The VCAA released the draft Victorian curriculum F–10 EAL curriculum in Term 1, 2019. The curriculum and support resources are available for familiarisation, feedback and optional implementation in 2019. A final version of the EAL curriculum will be published in December 2019, with full implementation expected to commence from Term 1 2020.

The draft curriculum, support resources, EAL Companion to AusVELS and a link to provide feedback are available from the VCAA website: English as an Additional Language

2019 arrangements for Victorian government schools

Schools have the option to trial the draft curriculum or continue to use the EAL Companion to AusVELS for curriculum advice.

Schools should continue to assess and report the progress of EAL learners against the EAL standards outlined in both the EAL Companion to the AusVELS and the EAL Developmental Continuum. These standards are closely aligned with the standards of the draft curriculum.

The Department will develop and publish further advice about assessment and reporting for 2020 after the curriculum is finalised.

Companion to the AUSVELS

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) standards are found in the Companion to the 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.