EAL/D stands for English as an Additional Language or Dialect
EAL/D learners are students whose first language is a language or dialect other than Standard Australian English. They may require some additional support to assist them to develop English language proficiency. It is important to recognize that EAL/D students can and do benefit from already speaking one or more languages or dialects other than English. Their language knowledge is an advantage when learning a new language and provides learners with resources upon which to build the development of English language and literacy.
Students learning English as an additional language may also face some challenges. In many ways they need to learn more, and more quickly, than their English speaking peers. EAL/D students are simultaneously learning English, learning in English and learning about English.
EAL/D students require high quality teaching and learning conditions to build English language skills and to achieve academic success. Here at Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School, our teaching staff are highly trained in tailoring teaching and learning so that each student is able to achieve to their full potential.