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
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.
Indicators of progress are points on the learning continuum that highlight critical understandings required by students in order to progress through the standards.
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.
The EAL Developmental Continuum P–10 will assist teachers to:
- deepen understandings of the broad stages of English language development
- enhance teaching skills to enable purposeful teaching
- identify the range of student learning levels
- monitor individual student progress
- develop a shared language to describe and discuss student progress.
- Lower Primary (Years P – 2) – contains progression profiles, standards, indicators of progress and some student work samples relevant to Stages A1 and A2.
- Middle – Upper Primary (Years 3 – 6) – contains progression profiles, standards, indicators of progress and some student work samples relevant to Stages BL, B1, B2 and B3.
- Secondary (Years 7 – 10) – contains progression profiles, standards, indicators of progress and some student work samples relevant to Stages SL, S1, S2, S3 and S4.
- Teaching strategies – provide a range of practical ways of supporting the English learning of EAL students. Each of the listed strategies identifies the mode/s on which it is focused (Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, Writing), the EAL stages for which it is most useful, its purpose, the steps involved in using it, and how it is particularly helpful EAL for students.