Addressing the Needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Students in Primary Classrooms

One in four learners in Australian schools come from a home where the main language is not English. This course is designed to provide mainstream primary school teachers with useful knowledge and skills that will help meet the language-related needs of these learners.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have an increased awareness of the needs of EAL students and how to use the students' home language(s) as a resource. You will also have an increased repertoire of strategies which take into account the EAL students' diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and experiences.

Topics covered

  • Diversity, literacies, and the primary classroom
  • Using EAL learners' home language(s) and experiences as a resource for learning
  • Scaffolding, speaking, listening and group work
  • Issues and strategies in reading and writing
  • Vocabulary and comprehension as key foundational skills
  • Building text-based units of work that support EAL students

Course length

Two day classes of six hours.

Cost for 2018

$490 (incl GST)

Dates and venue for 2018

June 1 and 8 (2 x Fridays)
9am - 3.30pm
Clayton campus


This course is designed for all mainstream primary teachers who have EAL students in their classes.


Practical tasks will be identified during the course.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) 1.3, 2.5 (part), 3.3, 3.4, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4.

You will gain a Certificate of Completion.