At Glenroy West Primary School, we welcome all new arrival families and students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). If the students are multilingual and speak other languages at home, they will be assessed by their classroom teachers and the EAL interventionist to determine whether they would benefit from extra English literacy support through EAL sessions.
We support EAL students in the first years of Australian schooling with an EAL intervention program following the newly revised Victorian Curriculum. This program aims to assist the students’ English language development and proficiency. It is conducted through EAL sessions which focus on students’ oral language, vocabulary building, grammar, reading and writing. The EAL teacher works closely with classroom teachers to devise the EAL activities that could best meet the students’ language needs. Two to three face-to-face EAL sessions are provided to individuals or groups of EAL students per week during school hours by our trained EAL teaching staff. Through learning EAL, the students will be equipped with the linguistic and cultural competence to fully engage with the mainstream education program and the world around them.