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


Online program: Four hours of online classes per day over 2 days (8 hours total), 9.30 - 11.30am and 1.00 - 3.00pm AEST

Independent study: An additional four hours of online activities / independent study.

You will require internet access and a laptop, computer or other device that will enable you to join the virtual classes and access an online learning portal. Your chosen device requires a camera, microphone and sound.

When and where

Online program:
11 and 12 November
9.30am - 11.30am and 1.00pm - 3.00pm AEST
(Participants must attend two online sessions per day)


$548 (incl GST)


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


There is no assessment associated with this program.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1, 2, 3 and 6.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.