Addressing the Needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Students in Secondary Schools

How can you maximise the engagement and learning of English as an Additional Language (EAL) students in content areas of the mainstream?

This course is designed for secondary teachers and subject area leaders looking for practical understanding and strategies to support their EAL learners.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Understand the principles underlying learning content in a new language
  • Analyse the language and literacy demands of content area texts
  • Investigate a pedagogical framework which integrates curriculum content and language for EAL learners
  • Explore and develop resources that maximise student participation and learning
  • Develop a repertoire of strategies for engaging and extending learners across the curriculum
  • Establish networks and strategies to share targeted resources for EAL learners.

Topics covered

  • Challenges faced by EAL students in the mainstream
  • Principles of integrating language and content
  • The language demands of mainstream texts (text analysis)
  • Metalanguage for talking about texts
  • An integrated model of pedagogy for scaffolding learning
  • Locating and modifying (as needed) accessible texts
  • Creating activities which engage and extend EAL learners
  • Developing units of work that support learners.


Two days - six hours per day

When and where

The next delivery of this program will be in 2021.
Please contact us via the enquire online button to express an interest for 2021 or to discuss tailoring the program for group delivery at your venue.


Please contact us for further information on program fees.


This program is designed for all mainstream secondary teachers who have EAL students in their classes. This program is also relevant for Education Support Staff and EAL coordinators.


There is no assessment associated with this course.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

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