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Learning English as an additional language (EALD)

Many students in Australian schools are learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).  

EAL/D learners are students whose first language is a language other than Standard Australian English and who require additional support to assist them to develop English language proficiency. The PDF linked below has been created to tell you more about the EAL/D program at Westmead and how you can support your child.

EAL/D at Westmead Public School

At Westmead Public School, approximately 98% of our students are learning English as an additional language or dialect.

EAL/D Specialist Teachers

EAL/D student support is provided by specialist teachers with additional qualifications in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Our EAL/D specialist teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers, school leaders, and other specialists to provide high-quality support for all English language learners. Specific strategies and practices are embedded in teaching and learning programs to support EAL/D students at each phase of English language proficiency.

Language instruction for EAL/D students can involve one-to-one instruction, small group work, in-class support, whole-class instruction, cooperative teaching, and programming with the classroom teacher.

Classroom teachers and EALD specialist teachers track students and monitor their English language development in speaking, listening, reading, and writing whilst encouraging them to maintain their first language.

This document further explains what EALD is and the benefits of EALD for your child. 

Parent Information Presentation

Click the link above to find out more about Learning English as a second language at Westmead Public School.